New stuff on GitHub and YouTube

Most of my work time is now spent writing code tutorials for journalism students and making videos for them.

If you want to follow my recent work, I suggest:

  • Follow me on Twitter: @macloo
  • Follow my professional page on Facebook: mmjournalist
  • Follow me on Medium: @macloo
  • Follow me on Github: @macloo
  • Check out my recent courses > here. You’ll find links to assignments, tutorials and readings on the Course Schedule page of each syllabus, which is actually a WordPress site.
  • More YouTube videos on the new Intro to Web Apps channel.

You can easily find my work email address if you Google me and my place of employment.

If you’re working for one of those spam shops that wants to write posts on this blog, or get me to post a link to your spammy blog posts, please don’t bother.

An update about my recent work

Photo: Sahara Desert, eastern Morocco

May 2016 – in Morocco

Like many blogs, this one has been neglected. I put a lot more time into Twitter, Facebook and Medium now. This leaves no time for the blog (insert sad face). There are plenty of posts here from the past that people still use and refer to, though, so of course I will keep them just as they are. If you want to follow my recent work, I suggest:

Check out my recent courses > here. Tip: You’ll find links to assignments, tutorials and readings on the Course Schedule page of each syllabus, which is actually a WordPress site.

If you’re interested in learning how to code, or teaching journalism students to code, check out this syllabus and this playlist of free YouTube videos.

Here are some good Medium posts by me:

To contact me, use this page.

First-person narratives in journalism

Image: Personal Essays

How personal essays conquered journalism

After I read this story, I had to give some thought to the idea that “we lose something important in the rush toward first-person takes” (Eve Fairbanks).

First, the story linked above is “To Siri, With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri,” published in The New York Times on Oct. 17. I saw links to the story everywhere. I didn’t feel like reading it until I saw a discussion about it earlier today:  Read More

Online News Association conference 2014

Out of 15 annual meetings of the Online News Association, I missed only one (in 2011). I don’t go to a lot of conferences, but I am always VERY glad to have attended this one.  Read More

Twitter milestone: 9,000 followers

Sometime recently, this happened:

Twitter followers

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: 2011

3,000 milestone: 2010

1,000 milestone: 2009

Joined Twitter: March 2007

The coming death of print newspapers

Say you’re a journalist now working for a newspaper. You know your job is anything but secure.

I asked several reporters, editors, and scholars what journalists should do to get ready for the next wave of firings. There were three strong consensus answers: first, get good at understanding and presenting data. Second, understand how social media can work as a newsroom tool. Third, get whatever newsroom experience you can working in teams, and in launching new things.

That’s from Clay Shirky, writing in Last Call: The end of the printed newspaper. He goes on to explain those three bits of advice, a little way below the halfway mark in his post.  Read More

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 to several users:  Read More