Over on his 10,000 Words blog, Mark S. Luckie has pulled out the multimedia elements of this year’s Pulitzer prize winners, showing how “traditional print stories can be married with multimedia and online projects to create a more dynamic and enticing story package”.
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!
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.
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Mark S. Luckie, blogger and recently re-employed journalist, shares 10 ‘ugly’ truths about journalism today. Newspapers rely on wire copy; what sells leads; and journalists are biased, he observes.
An open and honest post from Mark S. Luckie, who was made redundant at the end of last year by his magazine employer, about searching for a new job and the impact of Twitter on his career since.
Despite numerous applications and ‘the fact that anyone who googled me would find the tweet “Someone should hire Mark Luckie”‘, he hadn’t found a new position, and was beginning to consider roles outside of journalism.
“[But] the most casual tweets, often written to take my mind off my situation, were retweeted hundreds of times, which lifted my spirits and made me feel like I still had the natural ability to spread the news,” writes Luckie, who has used his 10,000 words blog to explore the future of multimedia journalism and reporting.
He ramped up his search for jobs using Twitter and has now taken a multimedia producer position at the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Inspiring stuff from multimedia journalist Mark S. Luckie, who was made redundant in December last year.
“I thought because of my rare technical skills and demonstrated passion for the job that there was no way I would ever be fired, even though I saw the mass layoffs that were happening all around me. It was a further blow to my ego when I realized that months later I was still unemployed along with thousands of other journalists,” writes Luckie.
But, he says, the downtime has allowed him to hone his craft and ‘share my passion with others’.
“The time away from journalism has helped me find my inspiration, to remember why I am a multimedia journalist in the first place,” he says.
Missed this list last week from Mark S. Luckie, which gives 30 simple activities journalism graduates could do to experiment and improve their online skills this summer.
Here’s the first 10:
1. Start a blog and post at least twice a week
2. If you already have a blog, write a post that gets retweeted 20 times
3. Shoot 100 amazing photos and post them on Flickr
4. Friend at least 50 journalists on Twitter who in turn follow you back
5. Become a part of a crowdsourcing project (start here)
6. Improve at least five Wikipedia entries
7. Create an audio slideshow using Soundslides
8. Shoot and edit a three-minute video and post it to YouTube
9. Design a website from scratch using HTML and CSS
10. Create and maintain a Delicious account with at least 50 links that you find interesting
It’s a if-you-don’t-laugh-you’ll-cry site and shows media commentators and journalists’ obsession, for better and worse, with the fate of the industry.
Favourite so far from @ivortossell:
“The internet is 62% porn, 35% TED talks, and 3% people talking about how newspapers are dead.”
Mark S. Luckie runs through the newspaper sections he thinks are already dead, starting with the front page…