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#Tip: Advice from the top on how to be a good mobile editor

April 8th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists
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Images by lirneasia on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If there’s one person who is qualified to give advice on how to be a good mobile editor, it’s David Ho.

Ho became the Wall Street Journal’s first mobile editor back in 2009.

Since then, he has become the WSJ’s editor of mobile, tablets and emerging technology, leading the outlet’s mobile editorial team, and is a regular speaker at mobile journalism conferences across the globe.

In this article on Poynter, Ho outlines six tips on how to be a good mobile editor.

But the first and foremost thing he looks for when hiring a new mobile editor?  Sound news judgement.

Read the full article here.

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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
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.
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App of the week for journalists: Tout, for sharing videos WSJ-style

App of the week: Tout

Phones: iPhone, Android

Cost: free

What is it? An app that allows you to record and share 15-second video clips.

How is it of use to journalists? Last week we reported on how and why Wall Street Journal reporters are sharing short videos filmed on their mobile phones.

The news site has created WorldStream, a micro-video blog by reporters, to provide context and “impressionistic colour”, Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement at the Wall Street Journal, told

Reporters provide the content by using a customised version of Tout, modified to allow WSJ reporters to post clips of up to 45 seconds.


Heron told how readers are far more likely to view a short video clip shared on social media than a long film.

Other journalists can take inspiration and use the app to create and share smartphone footage. Tout also allows you to connect with the network of users, which includes 400 WSJ reporters.

Have you got a favourite app that you use as a journalist? Fill in this form to nominate an app for’s app of the week for journalists.

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#jpod: How news organisations are using Pinterest

Pinterest has overtaken Twitter as a traffic driver to websites, according to research by Shareaholic, a company that creates content sharing tools for publishers.

This podcast takes a look at how news organisations are using the online pinboard and social network for collating and sharing links.

It hears from Emily Steel, a social media editor at the Wall Street Journal, Carla Buzasi, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post UK and Janet Aronica, head of marketing for Shareaholic.

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

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December 5th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Multimedia has an interview with Ann Derry, editorial director for video and television for the New York Times and Shawn Bender, editorial director for video for the Wall Street Journal online. They explain “why readers click the play button” to watch videos on the two news sites.

Bender feels readers click play in order to feel a connection.

I think that there is a feeling of excitement about the news that you don’t get in the static environment of print that you can get in video.

Derry says that both news sites have had to educate their readers in order to consume news in video form online.

We’ve had to train our users, both at the Journal and at the Times, that if you click on something you get a good experience.

Bender goes on to say that concise videos where the reader/viewer can learn two or three points are the most successful. Derry adds that news video should offer the reader/viewer a quicker, more “efficient” way of accessing the story than if they had chosen to read it as text.

The video is at this link and below.

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#followjourn @zseward – Zach Seward/social media editor

September 16th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

Who? Zach Seward

Where? Zach is social media editor of the Wall Street Journal

Twitter? @zseward

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips, we are recommending journalists to follow online too. Recommended journalists can be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to rachel at; or to @journalismnews.

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#jpod: How journalists and publishers can best use Foursquare

The Wall Street Journal is one example of a news organisation which uses the check-in app Foursquare to engage with a mobile and social online community.

Last month the WSJ used the platform to list hurricane evacuation centres in New York.

In this podcast technology correspondent Sarah Marshall speaks to social media editor of the WSJ Zach Seward about the newspaper’s experiments in using Foursquare and to Eric Friedman, director of business development at Foursquare, about how journalists and publishers can best use the platform.

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Rumour mill cranks up over upcoming New York Times ‘paywall’

Rumoured details of the yet-to-be-launched New York Times ‘paywall’ are starting to emerge, with the Wall Street Journal reporting today on possible subscription plans, such as $20 a month for a digital bundle package or less than half of that for a web-only deal.

Under the new system, expected to be rolled out next month, the Times will sell an Internet-only subscription for unlimited access to the Times site, as well as a broader digital package that bundles the Times online with its application on the iPad, according to a person familiar with the matter. Subscribers to the print edition of the paper will get full online privileges at no additional cost, Times executives have said.

Speaking at the World Editors Forum last year, New York Times Company president and CEO Janet Robinson said the site will remain part of the “open web ecosystem” and will have millions of users referred to it by third-party sites by employing a “first click free” strategy, where readers can view one page on the site for free before being prompted to register or subscribe.

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AP: New report faults Daniel Pearl murder investigation

The four men imprisoned for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were not present at his beheading, according to a new report from the Pearl Project.

The report, the result of an investigation carried out by a team of US journalists and students and spanning more than three years, also accuses Pakistani authorities of knowingly relying on false evidence and ignoring important leads during the prosecution. It claims that US forensic evidence known as “vein-matching” points to al-Qaida commander Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to having killed Pearl after being arrested in connection with the World Trade Centre attacks.

Pearl was abducted in January 2002 while researching a story on Islamist militancy. In February a video of his execution was delivered to US officials in Pakistan.

Full story on AP at this link.

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Newspaper reporter ranks 188/200 in ‘best and worst jobs’ list

January 6th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Jobs

Think being a newspaper reporter is the best job in the world? Statistically it would seem, in the US at least, that is not the case. This annual list by CareerCast rating 200 jobs based on income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook, places the newspaper reporter at 188.

The list, which used data from the Labor Department, US Census and its researchers own knowledge, can also be found on the Wall Street Journal website.

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