Digital First Thinking and Working

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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.

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Digital First Thinking and Working

  1. 1. Digital First Journos: How we think and work Steve Buttry University of Texas-Arlington Shorthorn August 15, 2012 #utashorthorn
  2. 2. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• jxpaton.wordpress.com• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  3. 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. 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. 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. 6. Digital-first values• Accuracy • Watchdog role• Truth • First Amendment• Attribution • Timeliness &• Transparency reflection• Identification • Civility & respect• Fairness • Diversity• Community • Skepticism
  7. 7. Digital-first values• Accuracy, verification• Transparency
  8. 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. 9. Beat reporter• Beatblog• Liveblog meetings, events• Tweet/alert/liveblog breaking news• Live chat on continuing stories• Data visualization• Curate community conversation
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. Copy editor• Social & Google searches to question & verify facts• Writes strong SEO headlines• Crowdsources print headlines, news judgments
  15. 15. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• jxpaton.wordpress.com• stephenbuttry@gmail.com

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