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#Tip of the day for journalists: Different ways to use Pinterest

November 14th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Photography, Top tips for journalists

A magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists, Quill, recently published a post by Jodi Mozdzer which looked at the different ways news outlets are using Pinterest which could offer some inspiration for journalists wanting to making the most of the platform. Examples include posting front pages, key quotes from articles, user-generated content, staff biographies or illustrations.

Earlier this year also listed ideas for 10 ways news outlets can use Pinterest.

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BBC Radio 4 Today: The Drum explains decision to publish Prince Harry images online

August 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

Following the Sun newspaper’s decision to print the nude images of Prince Harry today, despite a request from St James’s Palace lawyers earlier this week that they not be published, there has been widespread discussion in the media about the move.

Explaining its decision today, the Sun said “there is a clear public interest in publishing the Harry pictures, in order for the debate around them to be fully informed”.

The Sun adds that “it is absurd that in the internet age newspapers like the Sun could be stopped from publishing stories and pictures already seen by millions on the free-for-all that is the web”.

At the time of writing, the Guardian was reporting that more than 150 complaints have been made to the Press Complaints Commission, but not from the Palace’s lawyers.

A survey of 1000 UK adults today by Usurv who were asked about the Sun’s decision to publish the images, found 21 per cent agreed the photos were in the public interest, while 63 per cent did not agree with the decision.

On BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning, editor of marketing and media news site The Drum Gordon Young spoke about their decision to publish the images online alongside a column discussing the fact that British newspapers had not done so, at the time. The Today programme said The Drum had “claimed to be the first UK website” to publish the photos.

What’s very interesting is this was a very logical and easy decision for The Drum. We were surprised at the controversy relative to what an easy decision it was for us.

… It was such an obvious thing to do in the context of the column and the piece, the writer was basically criticising press for not having the backbone to release the pictures in the UK so we couldn’t run that and not had the backbone ourselves to do it.

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#Tip of the day from – making more of Flickr

April 5th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Trinity Mirror’s head of multimedia David Higgerson has produced a useful list of five ways newsrooms can more effectively use Flickr. These include demonstrating to those submitting pictures that they are “valued”, sharing front pages as well as individual images and understand how groups work on the platform to help you find new contacts for future images.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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App of the week for journalists – Teleportd, location-based Twitter and Facebook image search

App of the week: Teleportd

Operating systems: Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). Requires iOS 4.3 or later

Cost: Free

What is it and how is it of use to journalists? Teleportd was released earlier this month as an app as the “closest thing to teleportation”, transporting you anywhere in the world by allowing you to see photos taken on mobile devices shared on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and PicPlz.

You can explore photos shared near you or see those taken anywhere in the world by using the map and see images being shared in real-time.

It is a fantastic app which promises consumers a pictorial insight into a news story as it breaks. As a journalist you can see what photos are being shared, which could provide a possible library of images (remember, you must seek permission to use pictures – if in doubt read this guide explaining how to know when to use photos from social media) or you can use the app to view photos from a huge number of sources which could potentially contribute towards your verification process when faced with a breaking story.

The first screengrab here is of the photos being shared in real-time in Brighton (where is based); the second is of images being shared in Tripoli, Libya.


Reviews: Apple has not yet received enough ratings to display an average.

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#Tip of the day from – search by image service on Google

On his Online Journalism blog Paul Bradshaw outlines a new service from Google called ‘Search by Image’, which he says allows you to find images and information by uploading, dragging over, or pasting the URL of an existing image. This could be very useful for journalists in terms of verifying images, he adds.

There’s a video here detailing exactly what you’re able to do with the new service.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

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#Tip of the day from – photo resources

August 25th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Social Media Today has produced an updated list of recommended free photo resources for bloggers, which could also be a handy list for other online content creators. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

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