Digital Tools Overview

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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

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Digital Tools Overview

  1. 1. Digital JournalismTools & Techniques Steve ButtryUniversity of Texas-Arlington Shorthorn August 14, 2012 #utashorthorn
  2. 2. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  3. 3. Text• Stories • Quizzes• Lists • Chats• Headlines • Tweets• Captions • FB updates• Liveblog • Text on video• Comments • Text in graphics• Polls • Links
  4. 4. Audio• Podcast• Audio clips• Audio w/ slides• Soundtrack on video• Google voice
  5. 5. Visuals• Photos • Maps• Slideshows • Instagram• Videos • Flickr• Animations • YouTube• Graphics • Facebook• Data visualizations • Pinterest• Screenshots • Twitter
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. What’s your blog about?
  8. 8. Factors in blogging success• Idea • Links• Format • Voice• Headline • Writing• Visuals • Conversation
  9. 9. Possible formats• Brief • Promotion• Video (w/ intro) • Chart/graph/map• Photo gallery • Q&A• List • Narrative• Review • Poll• News story • Curation
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Why to liveblog• Immediacy• News value• Storytelling• Traffic• Community engagement, loyalty• Interactivity• Saving time
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Liveblogging issues• Accuracy (stress verification, ask questions, seek links & documentation, correct quickly and candidly)• Rough copy• Sports credentials• Multi-tasking• Learning curve
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• jxpaton.wordpress.com• stephenbuttry@gmail.com

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