Thinking & Working #DigitalFirst Steve Buttry Park Record January 10, 2012
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#DigitalFirst journalists …• Work & think first for digital platforms• Experiment & take risks• Try new tools & techniques• Join community conversation• Engage the community (digital, print, IRL)• Are optimistic about journalism’s future
Questions for any beat• What stories should I cover live?• How should I use a beatblog?• What are regular sources?• How do they like to communicate?• What digital sources should I follow?• How should I crowdsource?
Questions for any beat• What data can help my coverage?• How do I engage the community?• How should I use video?• What content & links should I curate?• How do I report unfolding stories?• What are beat priorities?
Court reporter• Live-tweet from courtroom (narrative, not a transcript)• Feed tweets into liveblog• Big development: Text news alert to editor• Write summary or analysis story for web & print
Court reporter, no trial• Traditional rounds: lawyers, judges, clerks, filings• Add #DigitalFirst rounds: monitor tweets, search Twitter, Facebook groups & pages• Tweet/alert/blog big filings• Video clips in interviews• Scan or download docs if not online
Visual journalist• Shoot first w/ smartphone & post• Shoot w/ camera for slideshow & print• Shoot video• Record ambient sound, interviews• If disaster, shoot some after shots for before/after
Sports journalist• Live-tweet or liveblog game• Color commentary/analysis, rather than play-by-play (especially if on TV)• Interact w/ fans (polls, answer questions)• Livestream post-game press conferences• Post-game chat
Sports, not game day• Video clips of interviews• Frequent blog updates & tweets• Data visualization of stats• Alerts of breaking news• Webcast and/or live chat
Beat reporter• Beatblog• Liveblog meetings, hearings, events• Tweet/alert/liveblog breaking news• Live chat on continuing stories• Data visualization• Curate community conversation
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+ …)?
Gathering news on the beat• Video• Links• Databases• Monitor officials, agencies, sources on Twitter, Facebook, G+, YouTube, etc.• Source documents to upload• Map, timeline
Assigning editor• Monitors social media as well as wires, scanners, etc.• Staff questions guide digital journalism (data, Twitter search, hashtags, crowdsourcing)• Urgency for breaking news, live coverage• Edits digital content for print
Senior editor• 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
Copy editor• Social & Google searches to question & verify facts• Writes strong SEO headlines• Crowdsources print headlines, news judgments
#DigitalFirst journos think:• Story is, as Jeff Jarvis says, a process, not a product• It’s great to be first w/ story or the idea, but otherwise link• Community = collaborators• Lots of RTs or a prominent link are better than front-page story
#DigitalFirst journos think:• Obstacles = war stories, not excuses• How can you use new tools to do better stories?• What are good search terms to use in finding people discussing this story/event on Twitter?• Journalism has a bright and boundless future
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