Tools I use for online journalism


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Slides from a presentation I did in October, 2009 on the digital tools I use as a journalist.

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  • TwitterFeed broadcasts an RSS feed to Twitter. The Facebook Twitter app streams your Tweets (note: only those not beginning with @) into your Facebook status updates. The ShareThis button is embedded on a Web page and allows visitors to share that page across many ( many ) social networks. Publish 2 is a Web-based bookmarking and link sharing service. It remembers Web pages for you and lets you share them if you want. It also allows to to broadcast the pages your sharing on your own Web page. Delicious is similar to Publish 2, but it's open to anyone (not just journalists) and has less options.
  • Tools I use for online journalism

    1. 1. "Cool Tools" Stuff I use to get my journalism job done @paulbalcerak @pnwlocalnews
    2. 2. Hi, I'm Paul Balcerak <ul><ul><li>Assistant editor of New Media at Sound Publishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@paulbalcerak  and @pnwlocalnews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pretty much anywhere else:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>paulbalcerak or pbalcerak </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Information gathering <ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get all news from all sources in your area in one place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get news from citizens, politicians, cops, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search operators narrow your information flow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TweetDeck for the desktop </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Browser alt. for non-install: Monitter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Tons of stuff for the iPhone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I recommend Tweetie 2 (to the FTC: Keep calm—I bought it with my own money) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader + Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get Twitter search results fed into Google Reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of what's being said about your beat, about you, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Information dispersal <ul><ul><li>Broadcast to social networks (duh) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TwitterFeed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook Twitter app </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let others share your information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ShareThis button </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate your news, competitors' news or both </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similar: Delicious </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Live/Mobile reporting <ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Livestream / UStream (live video) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12seconds (iPhone and Webcam only) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube (iPhone 3GS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text/chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cover It Live </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter SMS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter + Cover It Live </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AudioBoo </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Presentation <ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML coding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>w3schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice and preview HTML </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also good for learning CSS, Java, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blip / YouTube /etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scribd / DocStoc </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Organization/internal communication <ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DIY social network building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mac OSX app that collects all IM services into one program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Dropbox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Back up data online and via your iPhone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Like MS office, but online, share-able and embeddable </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. More of where that came from... <ul><li>I realize a lot of this information requires more explanation than what's given on each slide/bullet point. I'll be doing so with regard to several topics on , but it may take some time for everything to make its way there. </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to know how something works, please message me on Twitter or post a comment on my blog and I will either direct you to a helpful source or I'll do my best to prioritize whatever it is you need to know and include it in a blog post. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for reading! </li></ul>