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Twitter milestone: 9,000 followers

Sometime recently, this happened: This is not a lot (especially not when you look at others like Jay Rosen, who has the coveted blue check mark), but it’s nice. The last time the odometer rolled over was in June 2013 (8,000 followers). Recently I switched from HootSuite to TweetDeck. Liking it a lot. 5,000 milestone: […]

Setting up a private WordPress.com blog for group editing

When you have a free WordPress.com blog, you can make it private, limiting it to only people you select. You can also allow multiple authors, editors, or a mix of roles on a free WordPress.com blog, whether it is private or public. Here’s what I learned by setting up a private blog that gave editing privileges […]

Journalism education: There is no spoon

At a journalism education conference in Canada recently, it appears media economics scholar Robert Picard gave a stirring keynote address. Stirring as in “stir things up!” He began by reminding the audience that journalism and the media environment today are vastly different from what they were in the previous century. I’d say the decline began […]

Teaching online journalism in South Africa

Thanks to an invitation from the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, I was awarded a Mellon Scholar-in-Residence fellowship. I’ve been in Grahamstown, South Africa, since May 30. Here are some things I have learned so far. Journalism education A journalism degree here can take three years or four. A student must […]

Introducing the HTML5 canvas element

In a Web coding class, in which students work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, they should also have some exposure to the canvas. Here are the materials I’ve developed for a basic introduction: PowerPoint (on Slideshare): Introduction to HTML5 canvas GitHub repo (all examples and code) Live examples (Web pages to view) Exercises: Example files […]

What journalism students need to learn now

Is blogging still relevant to journalism? This is one of the questions Mark Briggs is considering as he begins work on the third edition of his popular textbook Journalism Next. In his blog post, he listed the following chapters: How the web works Blogging for better journalism Crowd-powered collaboration Microblogging and social media Going mobile Visual […]

What I read this week

I spent Saturday morning closing tabs in my browser. Here’s what was interesting and good. Local news Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting Paul Farhi March 26, 2014 “[L]ocal news has become a tough sell, especially online. It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities — local news usually ranks as the […]