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

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

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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? 


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

News jargon, explained



The following is a (rather incomplete) list of  news terms, loosely based on the Newspaper Journalism Glossary, but horribly and/or better explained by yours truly because why not. So without further introduction, here's a bunch of words.

* Agate: A type size that cannot be read by humans.

* All Caps: Website comments' default setting.

* Advertorial: Or Native Advertising online, a form of writing that usually tells people about the awesomeness of Scientology.

* AP: A wire service that moves a story after everyone else is done tweeting about it.



* Background: What a reporter copy-pastes into a new story from his/her previous story.

* Beat: Covering a story enough times that your sources feel very comfortable screaming obscenities at you.

* Bias: A story that's not slanted the way you wanted.

* Blogger: A derogatory term used to insult other journalists.

* Brief: Re-purposed news release.

* Budget: Story ideas. It's not like news organizations have any money.

* Byline: The name of the writer of the story that no reader has noticed.

* Caption: The space under a photo where editors put typos.

* Circulation: An arrow going down.

* Column:  In print, Old people writing things they don't understand; Online: bloggers insulting the olds.

* Conflict of Interest: White House Correspondents Dinner.

* Copy Desk: Fictitious place in a newsroom.

* Cover Story:  The one story that had art.

* Credibility: What journalists are accused of not having.

* Dateline: The location a journalist puts at the beginning of the story even though he/she was not really there.

* Deadline: A specific time where stories are not filed.

* Direct Quote: Misquote.

* Draft: Hieroglyphics.

* Editor: Angry White Man.

* Embargo: Bulls***

* Flash: A link you clicked on that has nothing but what the headline already told you.

* Follow-up:  What should have been done.

* Freelancer: Reporter without health insurance.

* Headline: The main spot to put typos. Usually starts with, 'Your Not Going To Believe What ..'

* Inverted Pyramid: A type of story structure now replaced by listicles.

* Investigative Journalism: HAHAHAHAHAHA you're funny.

* Journalist: Blogger.

* Jump: The part of the story where everyone stops reading.

* Kerning: What editors use to fit 100 words in two lines in a column.

* Kicker: A word or words that usually goes on top of a headline that editors consider utterly unnecessary but it's there by design, so whatchagonnado?

* Kill Fee: What's going to happen to that story you worked so hard on.

* Layout: Something done not in your newsroom anymore.

* Lead or Lede: It's too long. Make it shorter.

* Masthead: The space on the front page where there's a sticker ad.

* Mug: The worst possible photo of a person that will become the only photo that is used for that person.

* Nut Graf: A hastily written sentence that mischaracterizes the story that follows.

* Objectivity: See 'Bias.'

* Off the Record: Everything that's true that's the complete opposite of what they just told you on the record.

* On the Record: "No comment."

* Paraphrase: What a reporter writes when she/he can't decipher his/her own notes.

* Pica pole: Device used by copy-editors to threaten others.

* Pitch: A story idea that will be rejected.

* Proof: Doesn't happen.

* Reefer or Refer: A column by Maureen Dowd.

* Revision: Stories that were corrected but there's no mention of the correction and the editor hopes nobody notices it but people already screen-grabbed it.

* Scoop: Likely inconsequential, if true.

* Sidebar: Information reporters didn't know how to fit in a story, so they wrote another one.

* Skybox: A promo that will look horribly insensitive juxtaposed to the ad next to it.

* Slug: A word used to describe the story that the reporter didn't actually used when filing the story and now nobody can find it in the CMS.

* Source:  Person saying things.

* Subhead: Smaller typos.

* Tip:  Deleted emails.


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How to upgrade your story planning and meetings

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 story planning and the meeting formerly known as the Page One story budget. Let's rethink this thing. How do do you include digital tools into the workflow in the planning stage? How much time should be spent planning the front page of a print edition? Bring in your ideas— and your #realtalk.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's the right way to use content from social media?


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 the right way to use content from social media (and other sources, like the Getty image above), copyrights and fair use.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DFM chat on maximizing Twitter use 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 advanced Twitter use for journalism, with an emphasis on how to cut through the noise, avoid spending too much time on it and how to add value.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watch the New Paltz commencement from the sky


More than 1,200 undergraduates took part in Sunday’s SUNY New Paltz commencement ceremony, and the college took its drone to the skies to showcase the magnitude of the event.

Oh, by the way, SUNY New Paltz has a drone.

Through a short drone-shot video on Sunday, the SUNY New Paltz Instagram post asked, “Which blue dot are you?” (We’ll forgive the college for the “Pomp and Circumstance” soundtrack, since this was a graduation and also for basically implying that the graduating students are Smurfs).
The Freeman covered the event and took many, many photos, from the ground, because we’re apparently not allowed to shoot drone videos, even though it’s a First Amendment right and all that.
But we digress!
Check out SUNY New Paltz’s Instagram account on, uh, Instagram!
At the Freeman’s (trolling) request by an unnamed Life Editor, a school spokesperson said the college will post some more drone videos, so stay tuned. Or go back to work, you lazy, lazy person.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to execute a digital first workflow in a newsroom

Steam-first journalism FTW!

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 developing and executing a realistic digital-first workflow for newsrooms, taking into account resources and audiences (so you might not need a Snapchat or Instagram strategy if you work on a rural area with no cell reception.) But the question remains, how do you report during the day as a true digital-first entity if you still have to get a paper out? Well, let's find out, shall we?

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Harlem Globetrotter Tay Fischer reaches out to Junior

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wild turkeys on Watson Hollow Road in Olive

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DFM chat on how to #snowfall your stories without knowing code

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 snowfalling your stories. Can it be done in small newsrooms with small to no resources (SPOILER: YES). Is it worth doing? How? Don't forget to bring your toolkit, curiosity and your real talk.

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