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Journalists love stories. Give us a good anecdote and we know what our lead is going to be. We’re not as comfortable with data. We know a good story is hiding in there somewhere, but most of us don’t know how to find it. And too many of us — reporters and executives alike — are refusing to learn.

My first exposure to the use of data for journalism was when I was at the Kansas City Star (or possibly the Kansas City Times; I worked for both) nearly 20 years ago. The late Greg Reeves, a kind of geeky reporter I didn’t know very well but came to admire, wrote a terrific story about the driving records of Kansas City police. I don’t recall the details, but I was shocked at how many police had offenses such as reckless driving (I think drunk driving, too, but I can’t vouch for my memory over that many years). What I do recall is that I started to understand the power of data analysis. (more…)

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The challenge of mastering social media is that you never get there. You always have to learn something new.

My newest social-networking platform is SlideShare. This is a place to post presentations on PowerPoint and other slide-show programs. When I was training at the American Press Institute, people frequently asked for my slideshows. They were big and I seldom emailed them when people requested the slides for seminars where I traveled. For API seminars at our headquarters in Reston, Va., we burned slides and handouts to CD’s for par participants and they seemed to appreciate it. (more…)

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Here are liveblogging examples I used in my April 21 webinar for the American Society of News Editors:

Liveblogging unfolding news stories

Virginia Tech massacre on Collegiate Times

Northern Illinois campus shootings at rrstar.com

Liveblogs using Twitter (more…)

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I will be leading a webinar on liveblogging this Tuesday, April 21, for the American Society of News Editors. I have compiled these tips as a handout for the webinar. I welcome experienced livebloggers to add their tips in the comments here or to answer the questions I raised Friday. If you are an experienced liveblogger or an editor whose staff liveblogs, please email me. I would like you to  join us in a live chat Tuesday afternoon about liveblogging.

Please plan on joining the live chat about liveblogging Tuesday between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Central time:

ASNE live chat about liveblogging

Newspapers originally responded to the opportunities of the web by posting print stories online after they appeared in print. Then we recognized the need to post news immediately to the web and started posting bulletins when news broke, often followed after the newspaper deadline (or even after newspaper publication) by newspaper-like stories. Liveblogging is a story form for digital platforms, a blend of the styles and techniques of traditional newspaper-style reporting, radio play-by-play and the interactivity of blogging. (more…)

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I seek advice from journalists who have experience with or questions about liveblogging.

I will be leading a webinar on liveblogging for the American Society of News Editors next Tuesday, April 21. I seek the advice of editors whose staffs have liveblogged as well as journalists who have covered events live. You can provide your advice in the comments here or by email, but what I want most are some volunteers to provide advice during a live chat between about 2:30 and 3 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 and 2 p.m. here in Iowa) next Tuesday.

Here are some questions we will address. I appreciate your answers on any or all:

  1. Does liveblogging help or hinder your efforts to cover the same event in a story you write afterward, whether for print or online?
  2. Do you sometimes have one staff member liveblog and another write the story?
  3. How, if at all, do you interact with the public while liveblogging?
  4. Do you use CoverItLive, another program designed for live coverage, or just update in your regular blog or news?
  5. Do you use Twitter to liveblog? If so, please tell how that works?
  6. How do you handle matters such as accuracy and fairness when you liveblog?
  7. Has liveblogging caused any problems for you relating to credential restrictions at sporting events?
  8. Have judges allowed or forbidden you from liveblogging in court?
  9. If you have conducted live chats with the public, how have you done that and how did it work out?
  10. What has been your most successful use of liveblogging?
  11. What sort of traffic have you gotten to liveblogs? Do you know how long people remain engaged?
  12. What has been your biggest problem with liveblogging?
  13. What other tips would you offer to journalists who liveblog or to newsroom leaders planning to increase their staff’s use of liveblogging?

I will provide an updated version of the handout I used for some workshops last fall and the slides I used for a webinar for the Canadian Newspaper Association in February. I welcome your suggestions for either of those (and, of course, I will credit you).

If you are using visual content effectively in liveblogging, either posting photos along with the running text or streaming video along with it, I appreciate your advice on visual issues as well.

Last request: Please send me links to examples of liveblogs, whether you were the journalist who produced it or just enjoyed it as a consumer. I will use the examples in Tuesday’s webinar. I have lots of examples from Gazette staffers (as well as some others I’ve collected), but I would like to show off the work of more liveblogging journalists.

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Today I will lead a webinar for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Leading your staff into the Twitterverse.

For the first 45 minutes or so, I will share my own advice with the participants, using a slideshow you can view on Slideshare. Then we will wrap up with a panel of Twittering editors. I have asked the editors to tweet answers to the following questions:

1.       How has Twitter helped you connect with people in your community?

2.       How has your staff connected with sources using Twitter?

3.       How has your staff used Twitter to improve coverage of breaking news?

4.       What has been your biggest problem or concern about your staff’s use of Twitter?

5.       What’s the best other use you have found for Twitter?

We will be using the hashtag #ASNE and I will feed those tweets into a liveblog using CoverItLive, so I can demonstrate use of those tools. We will be live from 1:45 to 2 p.m. Central time. You are welcome to answer the questions yourself. Either in a direct message to me or in a comment here, let me know if you will be tweeting answers (and if your Twitter profile doesn’t identify you clearly, tell me who you are). 

For more details, read my previous post about this webinar or read the tips, links or outside advice I have compiled for participants.

Follow the liveblog here:

Leading your staff into the Twitterverse

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I’ll be leading a webinar for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Leading your staff into the Twitterverse. This is the tip sheet I will suggest that editors read after the seminar. While this is geared for top newsroom leaders, some of the advice should be helpful to any journalists who are not experienced with Twitter. I encourage journalists using Twitter to add their tips in the comments. I also encourage you to check out two related posts, one with advice from another journalist and one with links you might find helpful.

Valid questions about Twitter use by journalists are welcome here as are critical comments by journalists about issues in the use of Twitter. For this post and the two related posts, I will not approve comments by non-journalists that simply complain about Twitter and my frequent writing about Twitter. Feel free to post them on another blog entry.

Journalists need to use Twitter. Even if you don’t understand its value or usefulness immediately and even if some of the content is frivolous, journalists can use Twitter for a variety of uses:

  • You can monitor the activities and discussions of people in your community or on your beat.
  • You can connect with colleagues and share ideas with them.
  • You can “crowdsource” stories by asking your followers for story ideas or information.
  • You can quickly find people who witnessed or experienced an event.
  • You can drive traffic to your content.
  • You can improve your writing as you learn to make points directly in just 140 characters. (I tell my staff that if a lead doesn’t fit in a tweet, it’s probably too long. It really helps me write better leads on my blog and columns.) (more…)

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