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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, 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?

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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

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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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