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How To Get Ahead In Journalism

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How To Get Ahead In Journalism

  1. 1. HOW TO GET AHEAD IN JOURNALISM DISPATCHES FROMTHE FRONT PAGE (AND PAGES 29, 36 &THAT ONE AFTERTHE CLASSIFIEDS NO ONEWANTSTHEIR BYLINE ON)
  2. 2. Journalism... ● “... is organized gossip” ● “...is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.” ● “...is the first rough draft of history.” ● “... is history on the run.” ● “...largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.” ● “...a tension between getting it first and getting it right” ● “...is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right”
  3. 3. It can be...
  4. 4. But it can also be...
  5. 5. And it’s by committee more often than you might think
  6. 6. Journalism tools Essential tech and kit  LAPTOP  MP3 RECORDER  MIFI/WIFI HOTSPOT GENERATOR  VIDEO – HD, FLIP ETC  NOTEPAD AND PENCIL  LARGE FREEZER BAGS  WELLINGTON BOOTS But... If I could only take on piece of kit out of the office, I’d take my smartphone
  7. 7. Journalism tools Online apps and sites ● Data visualisation – Flowchart ● Data collation –Tableau ● Collaboration –Google Docs ● Photography – Flickr ● Video –Vimeo andYouTube ● Word clouds –Wordle ● Word trees - ManyEyes, ● Strip panels – Stripgenerator ● Animation – Xtranormal ● Online surveys – SurveyMonkey and Ask500people.com ● Livestreaming (mobile) - Bambuser/qik ● Liveblogging – Coveritlive ● Audio – Ipadio/Audioboo ● Uploading multi-site content in the field – Pixelpipe ● Interactive timelines – Dipity ● Maps – Google Maps, Umapper ● RSS mashups –Yahoo pipes
  8. 8. Putting it into practice THE SALE OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUBALLOWED USTO EXPERIMENT WITH MULTI-PLATFORM STORYTELLING WE REPORTED LIVE ONLINE, ENGINEERED NEW PRINT DEADLINESTOALLOW MAXIMUM TIME FOR STORY-GATHERING, HARNESSEDCROWDSOURCINGAND SOCIAL MEDIA WE ALSO SPENT MORETIME INTHE OFFICETHAN AT HOME...
  9. 9. It was worth it
  10. 10. STARTING OUT: Getting your foot in the newsroom door ● Make yourself a brand and market yourself ● Access the experts ● Make your CV multimedia (and don't restrict it to A4) ● Look for the gaps to create content (a hyperlocal blog, a niche website, a podcast, internet radio etc) ● Embrace Creative Commons ● Participate through comments or offer reviews ● Ensure your skills are part of you, not just what you do
  11. 11. Work Experience ● Do your research – house-style, running stories, the editor's name... ● Don't ask if there is anything to do; ask if you can do X ● Spend time in all departments ● Phone the newsdesk and introduce yourself in advance ● Get your rss and alerts set up on Day 1 ● Don’t be constrained by print space ● Retain perspective, and a sense of your own worth
  12. 12. Journalism quotes: RoyalWelsh Show photo
  13. 13. Hyperlinks for useful sites  ManyEyes  Flowchart  Dipity  Bambuser  Qik  Flickr  Vimeo  Wordle  Tableau  Coveritlive  Audioboo  Ipadio  Pixelpipe  Umapper  Stripgenerator  Xtranormal
  14. 14. Alison Gow, Executive Editor, digital,TM Merseyside 0151 2395944 alison.gow@liverpool.com Twitter: @alisongow Blog: Headlines and Deadlines LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/alisongow

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