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Archive for March, 2013

We have eight Digital First Media projects competing in March Engagement Madness.

I asked newsrooms to enter projects seeking community engagement around the NCAA basketball tournament, the start of spring, religious holidays or other promotions going on now. I wish we had 64 projects to play off in a full bracket, but we’ll play it out with eight. As with our Valentine’s engagement contests, the winning newsroom will be paid off in candy.

I edited some of the entries to change tenses because some entered before contests that have now started or even concluded. Each of the four contests has a poll. Vote for your favorite entry in each region. Next week, I’ll update with the four winners and the following week we’ll play off the top two.

East Region

We have two projects from the York Daily Record (winner of last year’s Valentine engagement contest). While I considered putting them in different brackets for a potential matchup for the championship, I want to keep as many newsrooms as possible engaged with the voting here as long as we can. Also, the eight entries group pretty well geographically. So Round One is York vs. York: (more…)

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Verification of information gathered through social media is one of the most pressing matters in journalism today.

Josh Stearns has done the most comprehensive job I have seen of compiling links to tips, blog posts, examples and case studies relating to social-media verification. This will be my reading list for the next few weeks, so I thought I’d share it.

(Thanks to Josh for the shoutout and for the link to my tips on verifying information from tweets.)

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Hanover Facebook updateCommunity fun is a good way to engage on Facebook.

Wanda Murren, Managing Editor/Digital Media at The Evening Sun in Hanover, Pa., reports on the success of the post shown above:

I think we’ve broken some sort of world record with our FB post yesterday previewing the Treat’s season opening. OK, maybe not a world record, but it’s almost certainly an ES record. I remember some big reactions, but nothing like this. We were amazed all day long at how the numbers were taking off. (more…)

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We’re rolling out the Mobile Journalism Lab at the Bay Area News Group this evening at the Hometown Heroes event in Oakland, Calif.

This is the third mobile community media lab for Digital First Media, joining TC Rover in the Twin Cities and NewsVroom in York, Pa.

The Bay Area News Group will use the News MoJo for community engagement and news coverage throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

The van debuts at an event in downtown Oakland celebrating BANG’s Hometown Heroes partnership with Comcast.

The external graphics aren’t ready yet, so tonight’s event is a soft launch.

The NewsMoJo will provide classes in digital media tools throughout the Bay Area as well as provide a rolling newsroom for journalists on our staffs to use in covering breaking news and events.

I’ll update with photos through the evening.

Digital First Regional Engagement Editor Martin Reynolds, left, shows off the NewsMoJo to Jessie Mangaliman:

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NewsMoJo is equipped with iPads, smartphones and ThinkPads for public use and hot spots to provide free public wi-fi:

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Posters inside the Rotunda at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza tell the stories of Bay Area Hometown Heroes:

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Katherine Rowlands, East Bay Metro Editor, explains the Bay Area News Group’s commitment to community engagement and local news:

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Visitors check out the iPads in the NewsMoJo:

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I will be leading workshops on Twitter this week for four newsrooms in the Bay Area News Group. I will use tips or techniques from many, perhaps all, of my #twutorial posts:

Step one for using Twitter as a reporter: Master advanced search

Use lists, TweetDeck, HootSuite, saved searches, alerts to organize Twitter’s chaos

Denver Post staffers’ #theatershooting coverage demonstrates Twitter breaking news techniques

Hashtags help journalists find relevant tweets and reach more people

Advice and examples on how and what journalists should tweet

9 ways to find helpful people and organizations to follow on Twitter

To build Twitter followers: Join the conversation, tweet often, be yourself

10 ways Twitter is valuable for journalists

Updated Twitter time management tips

Don’t be selfish on Twitter; tweeting useful information is good business

What’s the best way to view Twitter’s users? 16 percent or 30 million

Twitter data shows journos’ ‘burstiness’ boosts followers

#Twutorial guest post from Alexis Grant: A simple Twitter strategy that will dramatically grow your network

#Twutorial guest post from Deanna Utroske: Tips for twinterviewing

#Twutorial guest post by Menachem Wecker: How to use Twitter to find the best sources

#Twutorial guest post by Jaclyn Schiff: How using Storify can help you find great sources

Getting started on Twitter: #twutorial advice for a friend

Should a journalist livetweet a funeral? If so, how?

Use Twitter for conversation about an event, not just promotion

How to verify information from tweets: check it out

In addition, these two posts that predate the #twutorial series cover some of the points I’ll make in the workshop:

Suggestions for livetweeting

Updated and expanded Twitter tips for journalists

I may use this Andy Carvin Storify acount as an example as well as this Denver plane crash.

Here are the slides for my workshop today (I may not use all the slides and probably won’t get to the case study that the last several slides cover):

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We’re opening the News Lounge of the San Bernardino Sun today.

This is the second News Lounge for the Los Angeles News Group of Digital First Media. We opened the lounge at the Pasadena Star-News Tuesday.

I’ll update with some photos occasionally during the open house. Gabriel Luis Acosta of the Sun shot lots of photos as well.

Tout has been on my to-do list for a while now and Michael Anastasi, executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group, shot my first Tout video:

People are enjoying snacks:

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The lounge is filling up:

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We have two computers for public use:

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Mike tells the News Lounge visitors our commitment to truth, integrity and watchdog journalism remains strong:

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City Editor Ryan Carter welcomes visitors to the News Lounge opening:

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The News Lounge includes some pre-digital journalism tools.

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I will be leading blogging workshops today at the Los Angeles News Group newsrooms of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the San Bernardino Sun. I will discuss tips I have blogged about previously in various other posts:

Links and slides for workshops on blogging, social media, digital storytelling

Workshops on community engagement, beat blogging, Digital First workflow and metrics

A workshop for local bloggers in West Chester, PA

Bloggers share lots of advice

Here are my slides from the workshop:

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