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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, October 31, 2014

Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge Halloween masks

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to cover elections in real time


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's chat tackles Election Day! What are the best practices on using social media to gather and report information in real time for election? What tools can reporters and editors use? Is there anything journalists eat on Election Day that's not pizza? (Spoiler: NO). Bring your insights, links 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, October 22, 2014

Should newsrooms produce viral content?

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's chat tackles viral content. Should newsroom produce viral and/or clickbait content? Is there a responsible way of doing this? Does it hurt news organizations' credibility?
Bring your insights, links 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, October 15, 2014

Can journalists be effective if they ignore Twitter?

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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's chat centers on a recent debate: Can journalists be effective if they ignore Twitter? Is there a journalism priesthood we should be wary of?  It's not a zero-sum debate, and there's more nuance to the answer.Bring your insights, links 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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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Yes, I've been doing quizzes for you. Here's all of them

Need a break from the serious news? Check these out.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to make the most of social media analytics

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 make the most of social media metrics, using Twitter Analitics and Facebook Insights, with a focus on how to improve your social media presence, engagement, and showing how some approaches can improve what you do. Also, how does any of this help journalism?  Bring your insights, links 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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Name the ship, find the cats

There are five Andys. Surely you (or your kid) can find them? And the name of the ship? Who was the captain?