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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