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“Digital-first” means different priorities and processes for journalists.

As I’ve visited newsrooms discussing digital-first journalism, I’ve heard again and again from editors that they are “all in” for the digital emphasis. But in the next breath, some editors ask questions about what “digital-first” means for them and their newsrooms. They believe but they don’t fully understand.

Digital-first is way more than just publishing breaking news online and shooting video (though it involves both). Steve Yelvington explained:

Digital-first is about making the future your first priority, with everything that implies.

It requires restructuring all your priorities. Not just when you do it, but what you do and how you do it.

In a series of blog posts starting today, I will attempt to explain what those priorities mean.  (more…)

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  1. In a webinar this week, I covered some basic Twitter techniques for journalists and mentioned live-tweeting trials and meetings as an example. Thursday, Lisa Fernandez of the San
    Jose Mercury News live-tweeted a sentencing for the first time:
  2. Omar Siddiqui just arrived at federal courthouse in San Jose for sentencing.
    December 8, 2011 11:18:33 AM EST
  3. Fry’s exec cries twice when describing how Omar Siddiqui stole “$87 MILLION” from company during sentencing.
    December 8, 2011 12:24:23 PM EST
  4. Omar Siddiqui is very sick man, has no friends, has alienated himself from family, and will go to prison a broken man, attorney says.
    December 8, 2011 12:27:05 PM EST
  5. Omar Siddiqui declines chance to speak at his own sentencing hearing.
    December 8, 2011 12:34:27 PM EST
  6. Judge sentences Omar Siddiqui to six years in prison for kickback scheme at Fry’s.
    December 8, 2011 12:47:28 PM EST
  7. Omar Siddiqui takes off tie led to custody. Six years in prison for kickback scheme at Fry’s.
    December 8, 2011 12:59:09 PM EST
  8. Lisa had written some A-matter before heading to the courtroom, and editor Patty Hannon updated with Lisa’s tweets. Later in the office, Lisa polished the story into a more “writerly” version. (more…)

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“Do you know of any standards for content of live tweets?” a commenter asked on my blog recently.

“I have students live tweet meetings and speeches. Would love some specific guidelines for what makes a good tweet,” asked Michele Day, who teaches journalism at Northern Kentucky University.

I know of no such standards. And if I did, I’d probably react that “standards” for a developing pursuit such as live-tweeting might be a bit rigid. This is a new technique and we are learning about it as we do it. I don’t want standards to inhibit our development and experimentation with the technique. My standards would be the standards of good reporting: Be accurate, fair, interesting and engaging.

But I’m happy to offer some live-tweeting suggestions: (more…)

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