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#Tip: the big list of headline formulas for the web

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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If a headline isn’t up to scratch, the quality of the content might not even matter as the audience could swiftly move on to the next article.

This is even more important online, where sometimes you get under 140 characters to convince people to click through the link in your Tweet and read, watch, or listen to your work.

This post on Buffer is a collection of more than 30 efficient headline formulas to use when writing articles, blog posts, or social media updates. It goes way beyond the classic listicle, and explains what makes the ultimate headline.

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#Podcast: New ventures in interactive video

July 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Online Journalism, Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at how different news organisations are using interactive video as a means for telling different types of stories, and the broader themes regarding the internet, content and interactivity.

We speak to:

  • Neal Mann, multimedia innovations editor, the Wall Street Journal
  • Jarrard Cole, multimedia producer, the Wall Street Journal,
  • Frederik Neus, head of business development, Zentrick
  • Ben Fogarty, managing executive, Shorthand
  • Mark Bryson, creative director of visual journalism, BBC News
  • Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism, BBC News
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#Tip: Watch video of social video panel from Social Media Summit

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The BBC College of Journalism has posted video on YouTube of a panel on creating social video, which was held at the Social Media Summit in New York last month.

The panel featured Roy Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, Katherine Zaleski, managing editor of NowThis News and Olivia Ma, head of news and media partnerships at Google+. Watch the video below to hear more about some of the different approaches being taken in making video a more social experience for news consumers, across platforms.

And here’s more on HuffPost Live as well as NowThisNews, on their approaches to social video,

Hat tip: Paul Bradshaw, who also posted the video on his Tumblr

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#Tip: Producing multimedia with online in mind

March 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Journalism academic and founder of the Online Journalism Blog Paul Bradshaw put together a Storify last month looking at different ways news outlets have presented multimedia online. In the Storify Bradshaw highlights some of the key features of video and audio made with online in mind, compared to coverage on more traditional broadcast platforms.

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#Tip of the day from – online translation pointers

August 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Senior editor at Storyful Mike Sefanov recently blogged about the techniques and technologies he employs to be able to translate a spectrum of languages:

Where once we were lost in translation, much of the meaning can now be found.

His post has also helpfully been turned into four key tips for online translation for reporters in a post on the International Journalists’ Network website.

Here is a link to Sefanov’s blog post and IJNet’s follow-up post.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at email us using this link.

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Guardian gives readers option to ‘hide Olympics’ section on homepage

July 26th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

The Guardian is offering its readers the option of hiding the part of its homepage dedicated to the majority of its Olympics coverage, in a move similar to that which it took during the Royal Wedding last year.

Back in April 2011 the Guardian also featured a button on its homepage to remove Royal Wedding related coverage.

And this feature is something that has been seen elsewhere during big news events. The website for Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet gave its readers the choice of a “Breivik-free” version during the trial of Anders Behring Breivik.

And just like the Guardian, Norwegian title, Verdens Gang, also offered a button for users to remove Royal Wedding coverage last year.

Hatip: @TheMediaTweets and @hayjane

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#Podcast – Open journalism: Lessons from the Guardian, BBC World Have Your Say and Register Citizen

July 6th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

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In this week’s podcast we hear from three news outlets which have been employing open journalism techniques to bring the community closer to the newsroom and involved in editorial decision making.

This includes the Guardian, which decided to publish its daily newslist online late last year, and in the podcast below we find out what the Guardian has found out about community engagement as a result.

We also hear about the open newsroom launched in 2010 in Torrington, Connecticut, by the Register Citizen, part of the Journal Register Company, and hear about the wide-range of activities the newsroom offers for its community to encourage greater involvement. JRC recently announced plans for “pop-up newsrooms” which will be run during the summer.

And we take a trip to the BBC World Service and its World Have Your Say programme, which has been implementing and experimenting with numerous open journalism techniques since its launch in 2006.

The podcast below hears from:

  • Dan Roberts, national editor, the Guardian
  • Matt DeRienzo, group editor of Journal Register Company newspapers in Connecticut
  • Ros Atkins, presenter of World Have Your Say

We’ll be looking about how to harness the power of the community in improving editorial output at our digital journalism conference ‘news:rewired – full stream ahead’ on Friday 13 July.

Find out more about the event here, and buy the last remaining tickets direct at this link.

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MSN UK study release: Quarter of respondents ‘overwhelmed by the volume of news each day’

MSN UK recently commissioned a survey of 2,000 people (carried out by OnePoll) which looks at audience behaviour in certain news situations, as part of its Best of Now marketing campaign.

The findings including looking at the sources people turn to for breaking news coverage. This found that the majority (40 per cent) of respondents (who were able to select more than one answer), chose online news sites as their source. This was followed by newspapers with 30 per cent and social media with 20 per cent of respondents.

The survey also asked what news sources were most trusted by respondents, which saw broadcast television and radio come top with 43 per cent, followed by online news sites with 19 per cent, newspapers with 15 per cent and magazines with 9.1 per cent. Social networks were named as most trusted by just under five per cent.

A quarter of respondents highlighted in the survey that they can be “overwhelmed by the volume of news each day and demand quality, not quantity”, according to a press release. And when it comes to time spent consuming news, with the survey finding that on average 10 years ago respondents felt they would spend around 10 minutes a day consuming news, compared to an average of 15 minutes today.

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#GEN2012: Startup projects showcased in new contest

May 31st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Events

The Global Editors Network launched a new contest at the News World Summit in Paris today, which has seen a number of new startups already outline their service or product to delegates, who will then vote on what they have seen.

The Startups for News competition saw more than 50 startups enter, with 13 selected who will present to the conference over today and tomorrow.

Speaking to the conference, GEN’s deputy director Antoine Laurent said there was “a need for more contact and more communication between media groups, editors-in-chief and smaller companies, startups offering editorial services”.

The 13 selected startups are mostly French outlets, but there are also four others from other parts of the world.

The winner will be declared on Friday.

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#GEN2012: Follow the Global Editors Network News World Summit in Paris

May 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Online Journalism

For the rest of the week will be reporting from the Global Editors Network’s News World Summit in Paris.

The three-day event will is following the mantra of “Converge. Hack. Innovate.” As GEN says:

This is the strategy that newsroom executives everywhere need to follow to drive their organisations successfully through a cross-platform media world. This is the strategy that the News World Summit (NEWS!) will define through sessions, debates, and workshops.

We will be reporting on and tweeting live via @journalism_live and @journalismnews where you can follow events with the #GEN2012 hashtag.

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