The question is…


The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Another great job interview that didn’t pan out. Since that interview, I’ve sent out a host of other email applications and did not follow up on the one job that was (and is still) available – waiting tables during Race Week. The Editorial Open Day at Bristol for Immediate Media was very eye-opening in the sense that it drove in how journalists’ roles have changed from news gatherer to news curator.

You could have a team of 3 doing everything from designing to editing to writing a 150 page monthly magazine. Why? Because 70% of the content is sourced from freelancers. I met people who had started out in a stitching magazine, did some stints in science and music (not together) publications and then ended up leading the publishing direction of several wedding titles. For the lover of long form investigative reporting, the outlook seems kind of bleak. But then! I realised I was looking in the wrong places.

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#twutorial for copy editors: Links, slides and tweets


The Buttry Diary

I led a workshop at the American Copy Editors Society on how Twitter can be useful for copy editors. (No, I did not ask them to stand and sing, contrary to the appearance of the photo above.)

I made points covered in these previous #twutorial posts:

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

Hashtags help journalists find relevant tweets and reach more people

Hashtags considered #harmful by Daniel Victor

@bydanielvictor challenges the overuse of #hashtags

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

How to verify information from tweets: Check it out

Ben Garvin’s advice: Illustrate your tweets

Updated Twitter time management tips

If a tweet looks too good to be true, grab a screenshot NOW

I probably make other points used…

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Saving the evidence in Ukraine: collaborate first – or you won’t be able to ask questions later


Online Journalism Blog

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“The reporters then did something remarkable. They made a decision to cooperate among all the news organizations and to save first and report later.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. But it was clear that if they didn’t act, critical records of their own country’s history could be lost. The scene was already filling with other reporters eager to grab what stories they could and leave. In contrast, the group was joined by a handful of other like-minded journalists: Anna Babinets of Slidstvo/TV Hromadske;  Oleksandr Akymenko, formerly of Forbes; Katya Gorchinska and Vlad Lavrov of the Kyiv Post. Radio Free Europe reporter Natalie Sedletska returned from Prague so she could help, and others came, too.

“… In the tense situation that characterizes Ukraine, conspiracies form quickly. To demonstrate their transparency, the organizers quickly moved to get documents up. By early Tuesday, nearly 400 documents, a fraction of the estimated…

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The International community is coming together…


VideoJournalism

…on facebook. Inevitable.

Michael Mandela/Kenya Michael Mandela/Kenya Like seeks like…and I like a number of pages that allow me to communicate with those with similar interests. They include everything from BEA/Broadcast Education Association to videojournalist (thanks Ruud Elmendorp) to Global VJs and then find a journalist…around the world (which I help administer) and others.

I learn so much about how news is covered in other countries and by other cultures…the similarities in the process and the varying struggles with both gear, law, and ethics. Suparna Gangal/India Suparna Gangal/India

But the grand thing is the open discussion among professionals with a passion for storytelling. Interestingly enough gear is the least discussed. Where and how to find work tops the list…followed by a need for comradery and a willingness to help each other. And the need to keep it professional and focused on providing genuine journalism…real stories. Stories that allow those elsewhere to glimpse lifestyles which…

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Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide To New Media, The Video Edition


INTERVIEW: Sarah Kwong talks Cosmo, careers and advice.


Jump for Journalism.

By Annette Stevens.

Sarah Kwong is a magazine journalist, and was a features intern at Cosmopolitan. She talks us through her internship, her work and her advice.
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“It seems ridiculous now, but I knew I wanted to ‘write for magazines’ from the age of around 10. Although, back then, I had no idea that it would involve anything other than stapling handwritten pages together and sipping Ribena at my makeshift desk!”

Being the features intern at Cosmopolitan…

“I was the features intern at Cosmo for a year. Luckily, I got to do bits of everything, from writing features to doing inpromptu round table interviews with celebs! It was a real all-round experience. With the web team, I also started up the Intern Blog which seemed to be quite popular. It was a very exciting responsibility to have.

“When applying for the internship, I made sure it was tidy, for starters…

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Why good news is really good news for regional news … thanks to social media


David Higgerson

In a world where page views, unique users and audience engagement are increasingly the most important metrics to news brands, it could be easy to just go where the fish are most likely to bite.

Crime shifts page views. Football shifts page views. Stories about things happening on Twitter and Facebook shift page views. Same too with weather, traffic and travel, and stories which begin with the headline ‘The most remarkable/stunning/unbelievable XXXXXX ever?’ The ? normally signifies the answer is, at best, maybe.

On this blog, I’m just as guilty of that, and I have a blog post to that effect coming up shortly.

Audience analytics can bring us closer to the audience than ever before, enabling us to respond to what they like by doing more of it, and at the same time doing less of what they don’t like.

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