Teaching Online Journalism

Archive for December, 2008

Multimedia journalism from 2008

My friend Regina McCombs moved from the Star Tribune newsroom in Minneapolis to Poynter, in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, earlier this year. (I think she finally quit complaining about the heat and humidity about two weeks ago!) This means she has started blogging for Poynter, and she’s put up a great roundup of online journalism […]

Best journalist gear (audio & video)

In response to a comment on Monday’s post, I searched in my archives for some of my posts about audio recorders and video cameras: Video: AVCHD becoming less of a bear Audio: The reporter’s audio gear list Audio: Choice for audio recorders Video: Better audio for your video Video: Your $300 video camera See also […]

Equipping yourself for journalism

Did you get any cool goodies from Santa this year? Sadly, I did not. But I have my eye on a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which leads me to the topic of this post: In part, it’s the old debate of Mac vs. Windows — but also, the criteria you use for your purchases. A […]

The role of Flash in a news organization (Part 2)

I think the absence of high-up, home page play for Flash graphics represents a missed opportunity. News organizations could use compelling interactive graphics to make their site a real daily destination — and differentiate themselves from Google News. The first step in using Flash strategically is to admit that Flash projects take time. The same […]

The role of Flash in a news organization (Part 1)

Inspired by Mark Luckie’s useful post about where to find the best in Flash journalism, coupled with the recent release of Flash CS4, I thought I might make a stab at discussing strategies for using Flash. On Friday, one of our IT guys installed Flash CS4 on my Windows box at work. Whoa. Radically different! […]

Keep them coming back (how?)

What do the people want? To a lot of journalists, this is SO the wrong question. WE KNOW what’s news, those journalists say. WE KNOW what’s best! And what does that mean? It means: To hell with the people; we don’t care what THEY want! From this simplified view, is it any wonder that newspapers […]

‘Curation,’ and journalists as curators

The Latin root of the noun curator means “to care.” We know the word primarily in connection with museum collections, which may make some folks think of dusty old boring things, or preserving history — and maybe that’s not your idea of what journalists should be doing. But when Jeff Jarvis talks about “curation” — […]