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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What are the best free and easy-to-use tools in journalism?


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about using free and easy-to-use third-party tools in journalism. Which ones are the best ones when it comes to improving journalism? What are the benefits (and risks) of using them?

Bring your tools and your #REALTALK.

The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Juxtaposing images, easy




The Knight Lab's JuxtapostJS tool, created by Medill student Alex Duner, allows content producers to use to photos and use a slider in order to compare them better.
For journalistic purposes, this could be used for:
* Before-and-after scenes of historic nature;
* Before and after a disaster—earthquake, floods;
* Before-and-after crowd shots; * To compare Photoshop trickery;
What else?

Good morning!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

#neverforget

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to better engage your audience


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about better engaging your audience. How should reporters respond to questions in stories? Should they?  Does your brand account respond to questions from social media?
Is your newsroom talking the engagement talk but privately dissing it? (You know who you are ;D)
Bring your #REALTALK.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Beyond the byline: Should journalists become 'brands'?

If you have a face, you're probably a brand.
Here's my alleged face, allegedly.
Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about branding in journalism, as in, being known for your work. Is that even the right term? Should journalists become brands? Where is the line between marketing and building a reputation through work?  Is branding 'ruining journalism? Bring your #REALTALK.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to improve web videos in journalism

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about how to improve web videos in journalism. When is it appropriate to step back and do a little production vs. just uploading raw stuff? Also, ARE YOU STILL DOING TALKING HEADS? #becausecmonits2014. Bring your ideas, links and #realtalk.

AND YOUR APPS.



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reporting gruesome details on social media: Necessary or TMI?

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about what to do when journalists have gruesome details during live coverage? Do you report them? If so, how? What, at least, should journalist consider and balance when reporting such events? Are we even doing that? Bring your ideas, links and #realtalk.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here's your chance to dump me into a tank of water

How would you like to dunk me into a tank of water?

How about dunking Kingston Mayor Gallo's Best Friend* And Bearded Kingston Political Personman Brad Will?

The dunking booth at the Chronogram Block Party on Saturday on Wall Street in Kingston will victimize yours truly and Kingston's third ward alderman, along with Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales; Joe Baganz of Joe Beez; the Rev. Duncan Burns of St. John's Episcopal Church; and Tom Cingel of Cingel Dental so brush your teeth and don't forget to floss, YOU!

The dunking booth takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and it's a benefit for Angel Food East, a nonprofit volunteer program which provides daily, hot meals to people living with HIV and AIDS in Ulster County.

Five bucks (which goes to Angel Food East) for three balls, y'all.


But wait! Those who choose to dunk me will get a chance to record their prowess using Google Glass, to then be compiled into a megapost video of me getting repeatedly dunked in the water for your terrible, terrible amusement.

YOU'RE A TERRIBLE PERSON.

See you Saturday!

*LOLOLOL

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Should Newsrooms Prioritize Facebook Over Twitter?


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about social media priorities. Should newsrooms favor Facebook over Twitter? Why or why not? And if so, how? Bring your ideas, links and #realtalk.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to cover breaking news live with mobile devices

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about covering breaking news, live while at the scene, with mobile as the focus. What are the basic steps reporters should take when covering braking news? What are the essential tools? What works? What can enhance the breaking news coverage? And what can the desk do?

But, most importantly, what are the simplest, most effective ways to cover news live?

Join us and bring your #realtalk, your pro-tips and your links!


The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here And Tweetchat is back, if that's what you prefer.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beyond Twitter and Facebook: What social platforms should newsrooms join?

http://instagram.com/dailyfreeman

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're talking about social media platforms other than Twitter and Facebook. Which ones should newsrooms be active in? Which ones should you join? How do you choose where to be? How can small newsrooms manage?

The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here And Tweetchat is back, if that's what you prefer.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

#throughglass


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to improve live coverage


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.
Today we are talking about how to improve live web coverage. What makes readers stay? How do you cover sports games? What tools do you need? As always, bring your #realtalk.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beyond 'don't be stupid': Best Twitter practices for journalists

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking the best ways to tweet as a journalist and how to avoid problems. What are the social media guidelines for journalists, beyond 'stay professional' or 'don't be stupid'? Should all journalists in a newsroom be on Twitter? How do you balance encouraging people to add personality with risking getting into trouble?



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#throughglass


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Should news stories be more 'bloggy'?

You probably wouldn't use this image in a news story.
OR WOULD YOU?
Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking articles, but also blogs. Should news stories be more 'bloggy'? Should blogs from news organizations be absorbed by the main site's own coverage in articles? Is the blog itself as a form undergoing a crisis? How should one measure a blog's success or failure? Bring in your realtalk!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Away Message

I'll be back on the 30th, though I might pop in and out of social media here and there from undisclosed locations. See you around!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

5 questions about the value of listicles in journalism




Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about Listicles - the much derided and highly popular list articles. How can they be used in a way that can actually help journalism and help the understanding of issues? Are they being overused? Can they be redeemed? What about linksticles and gifsticles? 


You can check out past chats over here. If you use Tweetchat you don't have to type the hashtag.

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