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I’m presenting a workshop on social media this afternoon for the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, meeting in Calgary.

Links related to the workshop are my #twutorial series, especially the posts on breaking news, advanced search and livetweeting. We’ll also be talking about crowdsourcing and Facebook engagement, including the use of photos from your archives.

Here are slides for the presentation:

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When I saw Jeff Edelstein‘s music video about New Jersey’s controversial bridge and learned how he crowdsourced it, I asked him to explain. Here’s a guest post from the Trentonian columnist (I added the links, illustrations and embeds):

Jeff Edelstein

Jeff Edelstein

Basically, when you write a Bruce Springsteen parody song about the governor of New Jersey being embroiled in a massive controversy bordering on cover-up, you’re going to need to find someone to put it to music.

This was the position I found myself in Friday morning, Jan. 10.

The Chris Christie scandal was at a fever pitch. It was a day after his press conference, and still at the top of the news.

So I wrote a song. (more…)

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If you didn’t catch the miracle shot, there’s a good chance someone did.

Nearly every high school sporting event has some mom or dad or kid in the stands recording the action on a cell phone video camera or something better. So if you miss the winning shot, be sure to ask for it.

That happened Monday night to Dan Fenner, who covers high school sports for the Oakland Press. He thought he caught the winner, when he shot some video of Todd Moore’s shot with 2.2 seconds left, giving Farmington Hills Harrison a two-point lead over Walled Lake Northern.

Sports Editor Jeff Kuehn picks up the story:

As he was preparing to interview coaches, the ball was put in play and a kid launched a half-court shot to win the game.

Dan tweeted the result and his own dismay.

Meanwhile, colleagues Jason Schmitt and Jeff Dullack got busy crowdsourcing: 

A player from the first game of the double-header came to the rescue:

Jeff continues the story:

Within minutes, it was up on our website, tweeted out to ESPN (possible Top 10 plays) and placed in the later game story. Obviously, it was the number one story on MIPrepZone.

Of course, Dan and his colleagues tweeted their thanks:

A video like that deserves more than thanks, though. This calls for some swag:

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I’m leading a workshop on crowdsourcing this afternoon for the Daily Times in Farmington, N.M.

I’ll be using a lot of the tips from my 2011 post about crowdsourcing.

Here are links to some crowdsourcing examples I will be using (what are some other good examples to add?):

Guardian project on MP’s expenses

Morning Sun crowdsourcing on winter storm

Crowdsourced flooding map

#wheretheyserved map

Guardian coverage of meteor explosion

Atlantic coverage of meteor explosion

Here are helpful links for crowdsourcing (what are some other links I should include?):

Lessons from the Guardian’s expenses crowdsourcing project

Daniel Victor explains a project that used crowdsourcing

Crowdmap

5 ways to crowdsource easily, legally & with quality (Jeremy Caplan)

Lisa Fernandez shares a crowdsourcing (or fetching) lesson

Crowdsourcing Hurricane Irene recovery map in Connecticut

Of course, I crowdsourced tips for the workshop, with pretty good results:

Here are my slides from the workshop:

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I asked my tweeps yesterday for examples of news-based games. They responded, so I Storified their responses. (I initially published the whole thing to this blog from Storify, but the coding was garbled somehow, so I deleted it. The embed code doesn’t work on wordpress.com, so it’s best to read from the link above.

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I will be leading workshops this week for The Gazette in Montreal. Here are links and slides I will be using in workshops:

We will discuss leading a digital-first newsroom. Here are slides for that workshop:

We will discuss the thinking and values of digital-first journalists. Here are slides for that workshop: (more…)

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A beat blog gives a newsroom a vehicle for providing in-depth coverage that the general-interest approach of a newspaper generally doesn’t allow.

I have decades of memories of arguments with editors (when I was a reporter) and with reporters (when I was an editor) about the reporters’ desire to tell stories in greater depth than the interest level of this mythical “typical” newspaper reader. A newspaper has finite space, and to tell the stories that serve this general-interest need of the masses, its reporters gather far more information that has appeal only in niches of people with keen interest in a particular topic.

Beat blogging is a way to serve that deeper level of interest, to use all the information a reporter gathers. It makes a newsroom’s content more valuable to the community, by serving the broad but shallow general interest and the narrow but deep niche interests.

I’ll be leading a workshop today for Digital First journalists in Connecticut on beat blogging. You can watch the livestream and ask questions on a live chat, starting at 3 p.m. Eastern time. You also can read about how the beat blog fits into the full work of a reporter in my earlier posts that addressed the work of reporters covering courts, sports, statehouses and other beats. Other helpful resources would be the BeatBlogging website (no longer active, but loaded with helpful advice and links), my Introduction to Reporting course for News University and my general blogging advice. I’m sure others have produced many other helpful resources. Please share some of those links in the comments.

I will try to compile a list of good current beat blogs, and I welcome your contributions to that list. Who are good reporters who blog regularly about their beats (don’t hesitate to suggest your own beat or someone on your staff)? But for now, I want to offer some basic advice for beat blogging. (more…)

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