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#Tip: Remember these digital ethics issues for journalism

March 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

 

Digital journalism brings up a whole new world of ethical issues that don’t apply in print. Copyright and social media are foremost among them as the wealth of available images, video and information, both true and false, make up much of what constitutes the online media.

Digital First Media’s Aimee Heckel, the self-styled ‘Modern Lois Lane‘, spoke with senior colleague Ivan Lajara for a recent post discussing six digital ethics issues and how to navigate through them.

Some of the examples may be America-specific but the conclusions are relevant to journalists everywhere and are well worth bearing in mind when using online material.

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#Tip: Remember these digital newsroom tools for 2014

January 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Top tips for journalists
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Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Apparently inspired by our recent article on key digital skills for journalists in 2014, the Newswhip team put together a list of tools that can help “put those skills into action”.

Verification, newsgathering, data visualisation and productivity all feature among the free tools and are well worth getting to grips with.

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#Tip: How reporters and developers can work together

November 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By Melissa Marques on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Reporters are increasingly being asked to think digitally, not just in terms of what headlines may work best on social media or the reading habits of an online audience, but also in giving stories a digital treatment.

If a story is going to be turned into an interactive or graphic then the developer tasked with building said graphic will need to know where the story is going and how it should be presented.

Noah Veltman, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow and web developer, has put together some handy advice on how reporters should approach this relationship and what developers will be looking to know about the project as they work through it. Communication is key here, and Veltman’s tips can help repoters to think a bit more like developers, and vice versa.

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#Tip: How to start thinking digitally in your reporting

October 16th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Making the transition from print to digital, or even just expanding a publication’s online presence, requires more than just getting the necessary tools and technology. With all those tools come a variety of different ways to tell a story and reports should be approached as such.

Digital journalist and experienced trainer John Kroll has spent time helping newsrooms to think digitally, and for him there are three key lessons: make digital unavoidable, keep it simple and focus on the story, not the tools.

He goes into more detail in this post and includes a checklist of potential tools and questions to ask of each story that, although not wholly successful when he used it, provides ample food for thought.

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#Podcast: Digital edition lessons and case studies for publishers

October 11th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

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On two days in July, mobile traffic to the BBC News website and app was, for the first time, higher than desktop traffic. Indeed, in some parts of the world, mobile traffic regularly outstrips that of desktop.

Ever since Apple’s Newsstand launched two years ago, the importance of well-produced digital editions has been growing and magazines and newspapers continue to experiment.

From live, in-app updates to streams of content and multimedia embedded in PDF pageturners, this podcast looks at some case studies and lessons learned in what works best for publications and their audiences.

We speak to:

  • Alex Watson, director of product for tablet and apps, Dennis Publishing
  • Mike Goldsmith, editor-in-chief of digital editions, Future Publishing
  • Patrick Salien, digital manager, Het Nieuwsblad
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk podcast feed.
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#Tip: Check out this reading list of online journalism resources

September 24th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

A little healthy reading on the weekend or commute around your chosen field is always beneficial. As such, Paul Bradshaw who has put together a reading list of books on online journalism for his students that it is well worth taking a look at, whether you’re just starting out or been in the industry for years.

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#Podcast: Games, journalism and the digital future

September 20th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Podcast

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Grand Theft Auto V hit the shelves this week as one of the most widely anticipated video games in the history of the medium. Already described as “eye-poppingly violent“, the GTA franchise has often been the lightning rod for criticism of the games industry, and modern culture with it.

Yet games are being used increasingly for education and training purposes. Game mechanics represent a different context in which people can understand and engage with a subject, but the idea of applying them to serious topics like the news is treated with uncertainty.

This week’s podcast explores how games can be a medium in the same way as text or video, what benefits that may bring with regards to news, some controversial examples of newsgames, and how games may integrate with news organisations.

We speak to:

  • Professor Janet Jones, head of media, Middlesex University
  • Tom Rawlings, design and production director, Auroch Digital, and project head, Game The News
  • Mary Hamilton, audience development editor, the Guardian Australia
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#Podcast – Meeting readers at the front door: lessons in news site homepage design

September 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Design and graphics, Podcast

The constantly evolving nature of the web means sites have to regularly update how they present themselves. The New York Times is set to undergo a major overhaul, Trinity Mirror titles have been going through a similar process throughout the year, and ITV News was named “best designed site” at 2013′s Online Media Awards.This podcast looks at key themes in how news organisations present the wide range of news and stories on their websites, and discusses some trends for the future.

We speak to:

  • Grig Davidovitz, CEO and co-founder of RGB media, a company for journalistic strategy and digital tool development
  • William Owen, strategy director and founding partner of Made by Many, which built the new ITV News website
  • David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Podcast: How some publishers are sharing revenue, content and audiences

June 14th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Podcast

As the internet continues to affect how audiences find and read articles, media outlets are having to react and develop new models in order to stay relevant. This week’s podcast looks at the changing relationship between publishers, audiences and content – and how three organisations are taking different approaches.

From newsrooms splitting advertising payments with bloggers to the hosting and reposting of full articles, there is a theme creeping in of publishers sharing content, audiences and revenue in order to succeed.

We hear from:

  • Jeff Jarvis, media commentator and founder, BuzzMachine
  • James Randerson, science and environment news editor, the Guardian
  • Fiona Evans, head of publishing, Glam Media
  • John Pettitt, founder and CEO, Repost.us

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

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#Tip: Lessons in successfully switching from print to digital

May 28th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Image by Adikos on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

More and more publications are making the jump from print to digital and digital-first has become a mantra for a number of organisations, from international media houses to hyperlocal magazines. Here are some lessons learned by a college newspaper on making that switch.

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