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  • HOW TO GET AHEAD IN JOURNALISM
    DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT PAGE (AND PAGES 29, 36 & THAT ONE AFTER THE CLASSIFIEDS NO ONE WANTS THEIR BYLINE ON)
  • Journalism...
    “... is organized gossip”
    “...is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.”
    “...is the first rough draft of history.”
    “... is history on the run.”
    “...largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”
    “...a tension between getting it first and getting it right”
    “...is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right”
  • It can be...
  • But it can also be...
  • And it’s by committee more often than you might think
  • Journalism toolsEssential tech and kit
    • LAPTOP
    • MP3 RECORDER
    • MIFI/WIFI HOTSPOT GENERATOR
    • VIDEO – HD, FLIP ETC
    • NOTEPAD AND PENCIL
    • LARGE FREEZER BAGS
    • WELLINGTON BOOTS
    But... If I could only take on piece of kit out of the office, I’d take my smartphone
  • Journalism tools Online apps and sites
    • Data visualisation – Flowchart
    • Data collation – Tableau
    • Collaboration – Google Docs
    • Photography – Flickr
    • Video – Vimeo and YouTube
    • Word clouds – Wordle
    • Word trees - ManyEyes,
    • Strip panels – Stripgenerator
    • Animation – Xtranormal
    Online surveys – SurveyMonkey and Ask500people.com
    Livestreaming (mobile) - Bambuser/qik
    Liveblogging – Coveritlive
    Audio – Ipadio/ Audioboo
    Uploading multi-site content in the field – Pixelpipe
    Interactive timelines – Dipity
    Maps – Google Maps, Umapper
    RSS mashups – Yahoo pipes
  • Putting it into practice
    THE SALE OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB ALLOWED US TO EXPERIMENT WITH MULTI-PLATFORM STORYTELLING
    WE REPORTED LIVE ONLINE, ENGINEERED NEW PRINT DEADLINES TO ALLOW MAXIMUM TIME FOR STORY-GATHERING, HARNESSED CROWDSOURCING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
    WE ALSO SPENT MORE TIME IN THE OFFICE THAN AT HOME...
  • It was worth it
    WEB STATS
    PRINT STATS
  • STARTING OUT: Getting your foot in the newsroom door
    • Make yourself a brand and market yourself
    • Access the experts
    • Make your CV multimedia (and don't restrict it to A4)
    • Look for the gaps to create content (a hyperlocal blog, a niche website, a podcast, internet radio etc)
    • Embrace Creative Commons
    • Participate through comments or offer reviews
    • Ensure your skills are part of you, not just what you do
  • Work Experience
    • Do your research – house-style, running stories, the editor's name...
    • Don't ask if there is anything to do; ask if you can do X
    • Spend time in all departments
    • Phone the newsdesk and introduce yourself in advance
    • Get your rss and alerts set up on Day 1
    • Don’t be constrained by print space
    • Retain perspective, and a sense of your own worth
  • Journalism quotes: ThinkExist.com
    Royal Welsh Show photo: Malcolm Brown
  • Hyperlinks for useful sites
    ManyEyes
    Flowchart
    Dipity
    Bambuser
    Qik
    Flickr
    Vimeo
    Wordle
    Tableau
    Coveritlive
    Audioboo
    Ipadio
    Pixelpipe
    Umapper
    Stripgenerator
    Xtranormal
  • Alison Gow, Executive Editor, digital, TM Merseyside
    0151 2395944
    alison.gow@liverpool.com
    Twitter: @alisongow
    Blog: Headlines and Deadlines
    LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/alisongow