Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice, Journalism, Boston University, offers some takeaways from the Online News Association 2012 conference that may be of interest to journalism educators.
What is This?As one of
the co-chairs of the ONA Student Newsroomand a volunteer on lots of other convention studentprojects, I learn as much as I teach.This is:1) A look at some of the tools we used to produce newsroom.journalists.org that I’ll be taking back to my multimedia journalism classes at Boston University.2) Trends and issues worthy of discussing in class. Me. In a convention student project newsroom. Enjoy! Working. As usual. Official: Michelle Johnson is Assoc. Prof. of the Practice, Journalism, Boston University.
Student Newsroom Puts ONA On
the Map• ONA12 Attendee map produced with Google Fusion Tables. Started life as a csv. Nice way to visualize the more than 1,400 registrants.
Student Newsroom: InfographicsNeed an infographic
but you’re not a designer?No problem. With these web-based tools you, too,can do this. In minutes.• ONA12 by the Numbers• Is Diversity ONA’s Destiny?Pre-designed, customizable templates. Embed code.Here: easel.ly and infogr.am
Misc. Other Stuff• The newsroom
co-chairs used GroupMe to stay in touch. Our own backchannel. I felt so special….• Chartbeat delivered metrics for the student and official ONA convention sites.• Meograph, but we didn’t get to use it. Tool for creating multimedia stories.• 12 Stopped by their table at the ONA Midway. Hasn’t launched yet. Shared reading app, strictly for iPad. And yes, you create a group of just 12 people you trust to curate your reading experience.• Tout Atctually saw this at another conference over the summer. Post video status updates. Jour Edu use: live blogging?• Burst.it Saw this in the Globe this morning. Another private sharing app. Create a “Bubble” to view everyone’s stuff coming in from one event. Once they add a way to easily make this public I’ll use it for a class project.
Wait! One More Misc.NewsArt* High
quality editorialart. Tell your students they get itfor free!From their web site:“J-SCHOOL STUDENTSIf your school wants to participateon our NewsArt Journalism SchoolProgram, contact us and well setup a password. After that youmay use your schools UserID andpassword to download art at nocharge for use in your schoolwork, campus newspapers, etc.”*Not ONA-Related. I met one of the artistsbriefly at an editorial writers conference inOrlando where I flew from ONA12 to pickup an award.
Top Tech Trends to Gawk
at, Discuss Amy Webb The news was that she shared the “secret sauce” that they use to forecast The Next Big Thing(s). However, there was an actual Top Ten list, list, too! Click Amy’s name to see it.
ONA Award Winners to Show
in ClassInnovative use of data:• The Guardian : “Gay Rights, State by State (and Beyond)”, Explanatory Reporting, Large Site• Homicide Watch D.C.: Knight Award for Public ServiceComprehensive Project• The Reckoning -- America and the World a Decade After 9/11, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/thereckoningInspiration for your students:• DePaul University, The Red Line Project — NATO Coverage, The Red Line Project: News and Online• Borderzine.com (Mexico / U.S.), Mexodus: Non-English Projects, Small/Medium Site (An ONA Student Newsroom reporter worked on this!)