Just yesterday, Journalism.co.uk signposted its readers to a post by 10,000 Words blogger Mark Luckie discussing how news sites can make more of location-based services. The very same day, Canada’s Metro announced it was adding Foursquare link buttons to its online news pages.
The service will be added to pages on Journalmetro.com and metronews.ca above articles which feature venue-relevant content such as restaurant reviews, according to a post on the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper blog.
Through addition of this new feature on the news site, users can add a visit to a location as a “to do” in their Foursquare account and either link back to the full article or post a review on the Metro website.
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Inspired by the successes of location-based services such as Foursquare and Gowalla, Mark Luckie offers some starting-points over on his 10,000 Words blog about how journalists and publishers could make better use of the technology.
His suggestions include greater exploitation of first person media by pulling together items such as tweets, photographs and audio recorded within a geographical area for a multimedia record of events or news.
Luckie adds that newsrooms could create apps or check-in alerts which centre on the technology which is able to pinpoint places of interest, such as cinemas, restaurants and shops near to a mobile phone user and then provide them with relevant reviews and articles.
With a little extra tinkering, an app can also aggregate reviews from other locals or like-minded movie viewers.
(…) So far though, the majority of those companies that are exploring and taking advantage of the technology fall outside of the journalism realm. Hopefully, as these services and social media applications become more mainstream, newsrooms will be more likely to adopt them for their own uses.
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Building up a personal brand is not all about having a presence on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn – it is also about being a ‘person’ Mark Luckie reminds readers of his 10,000 Words blog in a post detailing the lessons he has learnt.
As someone who has built up his own successful brand alongside his blog for journalists and technologists, and who recently celebrated being appointed the new National Innovations Editor for the Washington Post, Luckie advises journalists to remember the value of the ‘personal’ in personal branding.
In summary his tips are:
- Be nice.
- Show don’t tell. Make your work available online and share experience.
- Say yes to new opportunities.
- Do a favour for someone. It could be returned later down the line.
- Ditch the ‘rules’ and follow your passion.
See his full post here…
Many reporters are starting to move on from the world of HTML or CSS coding and getting to grips with more technical programming knowledge.
But web development isn’t for everyone, so how do you know if it will be right for you? Using some trusty know-how and specially selected questions, digital journalist Mark Luckie has tried to help reporters answer that very question.
His flowchart, shown below, is hosted on his 10,000 words blog.
A new book by Mark Luckie, the multimedia journalist behind 10000words.net and now reporter for California Watch, has gone on sale. I haven’t yet read it, but its contents sound very promising (the chapter run-down is at this link):
‘The Handbook’ is composed of 12 chapters, each dedicated to a different tool in the digital journalist’s toolbox, and includes a glossary with definitions of more than 130 technical terms and phrases commonly used in digital journalism. ‘The Handbook’ is also fully illustrated and contains diagrams and guidelines of everything from the layout of a typical blog to the features found on a digital audio recorder. In addition, each chapter includes links to online resources, tutorials, and examples of every technology mentioned in the book, including Flash, Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut, Soundslides, Audacity, GarageBand, Google Maps and more.
Update: It appears it’s only available from Amazon.com with international shipping – we’ll investigate to find out if it will go on sale in the UK.
Update 2: Luckie believes that the book will be available in the UK in two weeks. We’ll post details here when it goes on sale.
Update 3: at this link!
#FollowJourn: Mark S. Luckie
Who? Multimedia producer for California Watch, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
What? Developed the 10,000 Words blog while unemployed, describing and detailing multimedia journalism techniques.
Where? You can read more on his blog, his website and follow his work on California Watch.
Contact? Follow him on @10000words or via info [at] 10000words.net.
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