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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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

5 digital tools for newsrooms and how they help journalism

Here's my list for the top five digital tools and how they can help journalism

1. Storify.
The most overdone way this tool has been used is to pile up tweets and facebook posts. I believe this is a gross underuse of the tool.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

New York Legislature map proposals are laughable. Here's why

There's more. A lot more.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How the crowd helps journalism

A Twitter discussion on issues concerning today's journalism. This week: "How the crowd helps journalism":
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sh*t Public Radio Listeners Say

"Sh*t Public Radio Listeners Say" is a rethinking of the "Sh*t xx say" meme going around the Interwebs.
This particular one is about public radio, and it's gaining viralness.

 UPDATE: The video was uploaded Jan. 22. As of Jan. 31, it has more than 20,000 hits.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maurice Hinchey press conference: Most memorable moment

What part of the press conference of U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey announcing his retirement from Congress was the most memorable?

When the seal came down, of course!

Nothing like this happened, however, to my snarky dismay:

Though there will be no mo' Mo' in Congress after this year, at least he can now rest and practice his enjoyment of music: And, as you know, Hinchey did not take the brown acid.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DFM chat on top digital story telling tools

Good morning! 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.

Today we're talking about the best and/or favorite digital tools, how they can improve narratives and how they can help improve journalism. As always, we'll be bringing examples (otherwise this exercise would be, you know, just blah blah blah). We'll also try to address concerns and point to How-Tos.

The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
Better yet, type your question in the box below if you want some clarification.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

"I have a dream" through tweets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DFM chat on how Digital First can improve journalism

Good morning! 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.

Today we're talking about how the Digital First philosophy can help improve journalism. Some of us will  bringing examples, but we'll also address concerns and questions about this disruptive viewpoint.

The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
Better yet, type your question in the box below if you want some clarification.



(Image via Inma)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Life section story list

Here are some of the stories we are working on for January (and February).

I'll be updating this calendar as story ideas and plans come along. You can submit your ideas to the email listed here or in the comments below.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Serious crime in Kingston

Reports of serious crime in the city of Kingston were 2.75 percent lower in 2011 than in 2010, according to statistics released by the Kingston Police Department.

Here's a graph that shows those statistics.



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Thursday, January 5, 2012

General Election Write-In candidates

The Ulster County Board of Election released all the Write-In results for all the races in the Nov. 8 elections.
For some reason I'm on its list so I received this from Vic Work, Commissioner of Elections.

See if your name is in it (mine isn't).

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Timothy Matthews timeline update

The trial of Timothy Matthews has been scheduled for March 12. Matthews is the former city police official charged with stealing more than $200,000. The Freeman has been on top of the close-to-a-year-old scandal. Here is the updated timeline, which includes the most relevant stories, videos, documents and development in the case.

 Timeline follows the jump.




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DFM Chat on election year initiatives

Hello! Members of the Digital First Media and everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon.

Today we're talking about, well Election-year story initiatives.
The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below, or post a comment in the field at the bottom of the chat box.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Maurice Hinchey likes music and other thought bubbles

And he shows it!


Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, who is considering retirement — unless he's not considering retirement — rocks with New Progressive Baptist Church singing at the swearing-in ceremony of Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo and members of the Common Council on Sunday.





Bonus point if you recognized Steve Aaron, who is not in the news at all.

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