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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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Garbage on the mountain

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dear John

Sure John, sure.

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How to make your newsroom more social — and why


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 (and why) to make a newsroom have a clear focus on social media. What is the return on investment from those efforts (and how do you define 'investment' and 'return' in an editorial context)?  What are some actionable and clear journalistic gains from social?

Bring your tools and your #REALTALK.

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

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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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.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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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.

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

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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.

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

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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