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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: online security for journalists

January 25th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Online security is of growing importance to all, and for journalists in countries that clamp down on free expression it can be vital.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the America’s Natalia Mazotte has a list of simple tips to help journalists avoid being hacked and intimidated online.

Read the list at this link.

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: covering snow

January 23rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Weather is big business in news, snow especially. This 10,000 Words case study on how the Seattle Times covered the recent snow and ice storms in the city has some useful tips about ideas and tools for news organisations reporting on and being an information source during a weather crisis.

10,000 Words: How The Seattle Times Covered A Snow Storm

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: practising open journalism

January 11th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Writing on Poynter, Melanie Hill, former editor of the Sacramento Bee and the News & Observer in Raleigh, has some examples and advice for news sites on practising open journalism

Journalism is a discipline of action. That’s why “The Case for Open Journalism,” is best made with real-life examples: for instance, online news sites being transparent by listing their missions and funders, reporters posting original source material along with stories or journalists asking and answering questions in public dialogue with readers or viewers.

As we enter a new year, these practices offer starting points for newspeople wanting to make journalism more transparent, responsive and interconnected with civic values and customer needs.

Read the full post on Poynter at this link.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: live tweeting

December 23rd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The Leveson inquiry is three months in and has, according to Topsy, already prompted more than 50,000 tweets with the #Leveson hashtag. Accounting for a decent chunk of those are the reporters – and others – diligently covering proceedings at Court 73 tweet by tweet.

Twitter has become a popular medium of covering court hearings, speeches, panel sessions, and all sorts of other events. It does have its restrictions though – 140 characters being the most obvious – and there are a good few pitfalls to avoid. Here are a few tips posts from around the web on good live tweeting.

Socialbrite: 12-step guide on how to live tweet and event

Mary Hamilton: Tips on tweeting live

Truffle Labs: 5 tips on live tweeting

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – getting into music journalism

December 2nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The Guardian’s careers site has a helpful post for anyone wanting to get into music journalism.

The post is by Laurence Green (@LaurenceTGreen on Twitter) who shares his tips on getting work experience, establishing an online presence and networking.

Starting out in music journalism: from work placements to popstar interviews is at this link.

Tipster: Sarah Marshall

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: Google site search

November 16th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

This will be an obvious one for some, like the Twitter dot tip I did the other week, but it’s also the kind of thing you could sail through life without finding out. And it’s very handy.

Websites’ own search tools are often not very good, or the results are poorly organised or displayed. Enter Google site search, which allows you to restrict your search to a specific domain.

Simply put site: before the domain. For example: site:journalism.co.uk phone hacking.

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: Using Facebook, Twitter and Storify for political coverage

Free online tools and social networks are being used around the world in journalism, from students to startups to national news organisations.

If you’re doing political coverage in any capacity at any level, Poynter’s Mallory Jean Tenore has some great tips for using Facebook, Twitter, and Storify.

Here’s one tip for each. See the full list on Poynter at this link.

Facebook

Gauge how open/accessible politicians are. Republican State Rep. Justin Amash was one of the first legislators to post all of his votes on his Facebook Fan Page. What does this level of transparency say about a politicians’ willingness to be open with voters?

Twitter

Dig up the past. One of the limitations of Twitter’s built-in search tool is that it doesn’t let you search for tweets from months and years ago. But there are other Twitter search tools that do. Topsy, for instance, lets you search for tweets from as far back as three years ago. To do this, go to Topsy’s advanced search page and where it says “Search a specific type,” click on “tweets.” This tool is good for seeing what politicians tweeted at a particular time in their campaigns.

Storify

Highlight voters’ reactions/politicians’ posts from various social networks. Storify is a great tool for organizing social media stories because it enables you to pull together Facebook posts and tweets and add context to them. Several news organizations used Storify last year on Election Day to highlight voters’ voices.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – covering the occupy protests as a digital journalist

Are you covering the Occupy Wall Street protests? Or Occupy London Stock Exchange? Maison de Ville? Porta San Giovanni? Or any one of the many others springing up around the world? 10,000 Words blogger Elana Zak has some tips for digital journalists on some of the formats and tools that could bolster your coverage, including data maps, liveblogging, and Storify.

See more on 10,000 Words.

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: cutting out journalism clichés

October 5th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

“As of yet”, “final outcome”, “evolve over time”, does your writing suffer from tired turns of phrase? It might be worth keeping an eye on the Unnecessary Journalism Phrases Tumblr to help keep your copy cliché free.

Tipster: Joel Gunter

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk: Avoiding common first-job mistakes

October 3rd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists, Training

Poynter has some handy tips on avoiding some of the common mistakes made by journalists just starting out on their first job.

The CoveritLive session included questions on time management, learning about your beat, and bagging yourself a mentor or two.

Mentors come in several types. Some will tell you how the political landscape is laid out. Others will help you with your reporting Others with your writing. Think of establish a coaching staff or a board of directors for your career.

Full post at this link.

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