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These are slides for a workshop on digital journalism tools and techniques for the Shorthorn editors at the University of Texas-Arlington

These are slides for a workshop on digital journalism tools and techniques for the Shorthorn editors at the University of Texas-Arlington

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    • Digital JournalismTools & Techniques Steve ButtryUniversity of Texas-Arlington Shorthorn August 14, 2012 #utashorthorn
    • Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
    • Text• Stories • Quizzes• Lists • Chats• Headlines • Tweets• Captions • FB updates• Liveblog • Text on video• Comments • Text in graphics• Polls • Links
    • Audio• Podcast• Audio clips• Audio w/ slides• Soundtrack on video• Google voice
    • Visuals• Photos • Maps• Slideshows • Instagram• Videos • Flickr• Animations • YouTube• Graphics • Facebook• Data visualizations • Pinterest• Screenshots • Twitter
    • Data• Think of answerbases, not databases• Data personalizes story for readers• Data gives lasting value to reporting• Caspio is plug & play database tool• DataViz & Visual.ly• Google Fusion maps• Google Docs & Forms
    • What’s your blog about?
    • Factors in blogging success• Idea • Links• Format • Voice• Headline • Writing• Visuals • Conversation
    • Possible formats• Brief • Promotion• Video (w/ intro) • Chart/graph/map• Photo gallery • Q&A• List • Narrative• Review • Poll• News story • Curation
    • The blogging conversation• Crowdsource (specific questions: “Do you know anyone who …?” “Did you see …?” “Has this ever happened to you?”)• Consider ending post w/ question• Stimulate/continue conversation in social media• Engage with comments
    • Why to liveblog• Immediacy• News value• Storytelling• Traffic• Community engagement, loyalty• Interactivity• Saving time
    • Liveblog formats• Update (time-stamp, reverse-chron) in blog or story template• Use CoverItLive• Use ScribbleLive• Live-tweet (on Twitter or feeding blog)• Video stream (w/liveblog)• Raw, edited or moderated
    • Tips, techniques• Short, frequent takes• Space isn’t an issue; engagement is• Liveblog becomes notebook for story• Consider links, polls, photos, audio, video• Promote live & replays• Tweet links to liveblog & replay• OK to step away for question, video, etc.
    • Liveblog & print story• Liveblog is notebook: cut, paste & edit• Note when you know you’ve written good lead or passage for story• Does summary (w/ web plug) work for print?• Plug “complete coverage” in liveblog
    • Liveblogging issues• Accuracy (stress verification, ask questions, seek links & documentation, correct quickly and candidly)• Rough copy• Sports credentials• Multi-tasking• Learning curve
    • Keys to SEO• Relevance• Keywords in headline (what would you search for?)• Keywords in story (best in 1st paragraph)• Understand how people are searching• Relevant links
    • Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• jxpaton.wordpress.com• stephenbuttry@gmail.com