Archive for March, 2013

The Pasadena Star-News is opening its News Lounge this afternoon.

I’ll update this post occasionally during and after the opening reception. We have three computers available for public use and will be using the lounge for public events. At today’s open house, we’re serving wine and refreshments. I will be joining local and regional editors to discuss the importance of engagement for Digital First newsrooms.

“Community is at the heart of our mission,” says Los Angeles News Group Executive Editor and Vice President Michael Anastasi:


We’ve got swag:


And food:


The public is beginning to gather:


We have three computers for public use:


Mike cuts the ribbon (those scissors are heavy):


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I’ll be leading workshops today for the Texas Center for Community Journalism.

Here are links relating to my presentations:

What new beats would help newsrooms cover local news better?

@statesman: A case study in using Twitter on breaking news

Embrace discomfort: my address to the Arizona Newspapers Association

Clayton Christensen (again) shares disruptive innovation insights with the news biz

Facebook news-feed changes mean newsrooms need new engagement strategies

More strong engagement on remember-when photos

#twutorial posts

Ivan Lajara’s Storify tips and tricks from Storify

Ivan Lajara’s Storify best practices

Suggestions for livetweeting

Friday Night Tweets

Valentine’s engagement 2012

Valentine’s engagement 2013

How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest

Pottstown Mercury’s wanted-poster-style Pinboard is resulting in arrests

A possible new business model for obituaries

Personal-content opportunities: Graduation

Personal-content opportunities: Weddings

Here are slides for the two workshops:

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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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Peace WarriorAs much as I believe in the importance of journalism, I know I don’t have nearly the impact on people’s lives that my brothers do.

As I noted last year after the death of my nephew, Brandon, my younger brother, Don, and his wife, Pam, have adopted 11 children after having three biological children (Brandon was the second-oldest adopted child). I also have mentioned before that my older brother, Dan, is a peace missionary, both here and on the travel blog I share with Mimi.

Dan’s memoir, Peace Warrior, came out last month and I just finished reading it. Dan tells about his work teaching and practicing peacemaking around the world — from Burma, Georgia (Tbilisi, not Atlanta), Liberia, Nagaland, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Congo and on and on. I sometimes think I’ve seen a lot of the world as a journalist, but Dan has seen much more of it as a peacemaker. And he’s had more profound impact.

If you’re interested in world affairs or Christian missionary work or peacemaking, you might enjoy the book, though I don’t pretend to be a fair judge of it. I enjoyed it, of course, for other reasons. In a way, I was catching up with a brother whose exploits I’ve heard and read before (actually, I scanned his reports from his various travels more often than I read them) but mostly followed from afar. We visit a few times a year and I knew much of the story but the memoir told many details I missed or had forgotten. I’ve understood for decades the depth of Dan’s calling and commitment to peacemaking, but the memoir added greatly to that understanding.

I generally blog about media and journalism issues here, so I won’t focus on Dan’s peacemaking efforts but on a few of his occasional references to media coverage of the conflicts he became involved in. As a journalist, it was interesting to read an activist’s perspective on media coverage (or non-coverage). (more…)

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I’ll be leading three workshops today for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Supplemental reading for this workshop:

Here are the slides I will use in the workshop:


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