One of the classes I will be speaking to at the University of Iowa today is a “Global Images” course. I will be discussing changes in visual journalism in the digital age. Some of the differences I wanted to address are the necessities of multitasking, online promotion and entrepreneurship.
Archive for April, 2010
Posted in Allbritton metro operation, tagged Center for Progressive Leadership, Change.org, Daniel Victor, George Washington University, Jeff Sonderman, Laura McGann, Lisa Rowan, Loryn Wilson, Mandy Jenkins, Nieman Journalism Lab on April 16, 2010 | 3 Comments »
I have hired five of six people for our community engagement team. Loryn Wilson will be a community host, joining Jeff Sonderman, Lisa Rowan and Daniel Victor, whom I already announced. I also have hired Mandy Jenkins as social media producer. We’re still working on hiring the mobile producer.
A graduate of George Washington University, Loryn is a veteran blogger, both on black girl blogging and on the Women’s Rights blog for Change.org. She used to work for the Center for Progressive Leadership, where colleagues say she guided more experienced staff members through unfamiliar social media waters. She served on the social media team for Becky’s Fund, an organization assisting survivors of domestic violence. She has been a panelist for programs discussing social media and digital communication.
I cringed when Laura McGann of the Nieman Journalism Lab quoted me Wednesday as saying that I’d have five of my community engagement jobs filled by the end of the week. Yeah, I had said it in a confident moment when she interviewed me Tuesday. But when I read it, I wasn’t sure I could actually get the hiring done. But with Loryn’s acceptance, our team is nearly complete.
It may take a while for me to learn to call Daniel Victor, my newest staff member, Dan. I’ve followed him on Twitter so long that I just think of him as @bydanielvictor.
Posted in Allbritton metro operation, tagged Nieman Journalism Lab, American Society of News Editors, ASNE, Jeff Sonderman, Lisa Rowan, Mandy Jenkins, Cincinnati Enquirer on April 14, 2010 | 13 Comments »
Mandy helped me by long distance a year ago when I led a Twitter webinar for the American Society of News Editors. So I think it was appropriate that I received her email accepting my job offer during the final day of this year’s ASNE convention. (more…)
Posted in Mobile opportunities, tagged Twitter, Google, CoverItLive, American Society of News Editors, mobile first, Foursquare, ASNE, Allbritton Communications, Eric Schmidt, Amy Webb, Nielsen, inauguration, Seattle Times, 2010 Winter Olympics, Gowalla, Ushahidi, Newsgarden, College World Series on April 13, 2010 | 12 Comments »
I will be making a presentation to newsroom leaders Tuesday about the mobile-first strategy I have proposed and promoted in this blog.
I was pleased to hear Eric Schmidt tell the American Society of News Editors (that N in ASNE used to stand for Newspapers) in Sunday night’s keynote address that Google is taking a “mobile-first” view of digital opportunities. News organizations must do the same. Amy Webb of Webb Media Group also underscored the importance of mobile communication and location-based information at a Monday address to ASNE. I will attempt to follow by giving the editors advice and encouragement to start moving ahead right away with their mobile operations. (more…)
I got scooped on my own announcement. And I couldn’t be happier.
Over the last few days, I reached agreements with Jeff Sonderman and Lisa Rowan to take the first two positions on our community engagement team. As they were giving notice to current employers, I was notifying other candidates for the jobs. I asked Jeff and Lisa not to spread the word generally until I finished telling the other candidates. By the time I finished doing that, I was starting a full day of meetings and interviews (I have four more positions to fill). (more…)