Digital First Thinking and Working

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These are slides for a workshop on working and thinking Digital First for the Excellence in Journalism conference.

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Digital First Thinking and Working

  1. 1. Digital First Journos: How we think and work Steve Buttry Excellence in Journalism August 25, 2013 #eij13
  2. 2. Read more about it • stevebuttry.wordpress.com • slideshare.net/stevebuttry • @stevebuttry • stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  3. 3. Digital-first journos think … 1. Story is a process, not a product 2. Like to be first, but link when we’re not 3. Community = collaborators 4. 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 or lead play
  4. 4. Digital-first journalists … 6. Obstacles = war stories, not excuses 7. New gadget or social platform = tool for better journalism 8. When news breaks, thinks of terms to search for on Twitter 9. Journalism future is bright & boundless 10. 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. • Accuracy • Truth • Attribution • Transparency • Identification • Fairness • Community • Watchdog role • First Amendment • Timeliness & reflection • Civility & respect • Diversity • Skepticism Digital-first values
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Beat reporter • Beatblog • Liveblog meetings, events • Tweet/alert/liveblog breaking news • Live chat on continuing stories • Data visualization • Curate community conversation • Show your work (links, including competition)
  9. 9. 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+ …)?
  10. 10. Gathering news on the beat • Video • Links • Databases • Monitor officials, agencies, sources on Twitter, Facebook, G+, YouTube, etc. • Source documents to upload • Map, timeline
  11. 11. Newsroom leaders • 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
  12. 12. Newsroom leaders • 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
  13. 13. Read more about it • stevebuttry.wordpress.com • slideshare.net/stevebuttry • @stevebuttry • stephenbuttry@gmail.com

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