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These are slides for a workshop on working and thinking digital-first for the staff of the Shorthorn at the University of Texas-Arlington.

These are slides for a workshop on working and thinking digital-first for the staff of the Shorthorn at the University of Texas-Arlington.

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  • 1. Digital First Journos: How we think and work Steve Buttry University of Texas-Arlington Shorthorn August 15, 2012 #utashorthorn
  • 2. Read more about it••• @stevebuttry••
  • 3. Digital-first journos think …1. Story is a process, not a product2. Like to be first, but link when we’re not3. Community = collaborators4. When we hear great quote or learn interesting fact, think, “I better tweet that.”5. More excited by RTs, likes, shares, pins & links than by front-page play
  • 4. Digital-first journalists …6. Obstacles = war stories, not excuses7. New gadget or social platform = tool for better journalism8. When news breaks, thinks of terms to search for on Twitter9. Journalism future is bright & boundless10. Defies prediction (& lists), thinks of new ideas, issues & solutions
  • 5. Digital-first culture• Experimental• Willing to risk and learn from failure• Accountable (correct & acknowledge errors)• Always on the learning curve• Seeking & trying new tools & techniques
  • 6. Digital-first values• Accuracy • Watchdog role• Truth • First Amendment• Attribution • Timeliness &• Transparency reflection• Identification • Civility & respect• Fairness • Diversity• Community • Skepticism
  • 7. Digital-first values• Accuracy, verification• Transparency
  • 8. Working Digital First• Create content for digital platforms (web, email, SMS, social, mobile)• Produce print & broadcast products from content on digital platforms• Live coverage of events• Breaking news coverage• Engage community
  • 9. Beat reporter• Beatblog• Liveblog meetings, events• Tweet/alert/liveblog breaking news• Live chat on continuing stories• Data visualization• Curate community conversation
  • 10. Beat reporter questions• How to crowdsource story?• What terms, hashtags should you search (routinely & for each story)?• Regular/special hashtags to use?• People to follow? New FB pages/groups?• Other social media to search (YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+ …)?
  • 11. Gathering news on the beat• Video• Links• Databases• Monitor officials, agencies, sources on Twitter, Facebook, G+, YouTube, etc.• Source documents to upload• Map, timeline
  • 12. Editors• Monitor social media as well as wires, scanners, etc.• Staff questions guide digital journalism (data, Twitter search, hashtags, crowdsourcing)• Urgency for breaking news, live coverage• Edit digital content for print
  • 13. Editors• Listen, join & lead community conversation (blog, social media, chats)• Lead staff in trying new tools & techniques• Digital focus to daily meetings• Post daily news budgets online
  • 14. Copy editor• Social & Google searches to question & verify facts• Writes strong SEO headlines• Crowdsources print headlines, news judgments
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