4.09.2013

#isoj 2013 - The 'Original Platform': How Newsrooms Build Digital Loyalty and Generate Revenue Through Face-to-Face Engagement

Thanks for your interest in my presentation at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. This presentation and paper are part of a book I'm writing about how audience engagement is changing the profession of journalism. The project is based on more than 100 interviews conducted at nearly two dozen newsrooms across the United States during the summer and fall of 2012. If this project interests you, please leave a comment below and/or contact me privately via the information listed on the final slide below.

1.12.2013

Teaching Data Visualization Through Coffee Prices

Thanks for attending my presentation at the Higher Ed in the Crosshairs symposium at SMU. My slides are below, as are some links and resources related to my class exercise. A little further below are the slides and links from my original version of this presentation at the Journalism Interactive conference at the University of Florida on February 8.
  • Original assignment (including readings and a video explaining why data journalism skills are becoming increasingly important)
  • Student crowdsourcing tweet
  • Student crowdsourcing form
  • Winning map from class contest
  • Google's tutorial video on getting started with Fusion Tables

ORIGINAL PRESENTATION: Thanks for attending my Teach-a-Thon presentation at the Journalism Interactive conference. My slides are below, and here are some links and resources related to my class exercise:
  • Original assignment (including readings and a video explaining why data journalism skills are becoming increasingly important)
  • Student crowdsourcing tweet
  • Student crowdsourcing form
  • Winning map from class contest
  • Google's tutorial video on getting started with Fusion Tables

1.30.2012

Friday Night Bytes


That's the title of my latest piece in Columbia Journalism Review, which looks at digital coverage of Texas high school football. I was impressed by the sophisticated online preps coverage offered by local media including The Dallas Morning News, ESPN Dallas and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But I also found that some up-and-coming amateur news providers are giving these so-called "legacy media" a run for their money. As a blurb in the print edition of the article put it: "In their quest to offer real-time coverage, newsrooms have an unexpected rival: fans." To thrive in the future, these mainstream newsrooms need to find ways to make their online and mobile coverage more social and customizable.

8.12.2011

#AEJMC11 - Bringing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Smaller College Journalism Programs

Thanks for coming to our AEJMC panel on Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Journalism Programs. My slides follow below. For the "analyze a startup" assignment, my students did simple data visualizations by pulling the news organization's Form 990, entering certain data into an Excel or Google spreadsheet, and using Google Fusion Tables and/or ManyEyes to create bubble charts and bar graphs.

7.07.2010

When Enemies Become Frenemies:
Cross-Newsroom Collaboration

I much prefer Mark Briggs' headline for my latest Journalism 2.0 blog post, which offers some thoughts on cross-newsroom collaboration after I spent nine months tracking the early days of the Texas Tribune for Columbia Journalism Review.

6.30.2010

Journalism 2.0 Posts: Millennials, Live Blogging, Covering Debates

My recent contributions to Mark Briggs' Journalism 2.0 blog tackle topics including working with millennials, the benefits and pitfalls of live-blogging a trial, and sorting truth from spin during real-time debate coverage.

1.13.2010

“Living Gal├ípagos”: A rare species of digital storytelling

In this guest post for Mark Briggs' Journalism 2.0 blog, I analyze a stunning student multimedia project: "Living Gal├ípagos.”

6.23.2009

Stretch Your Muscles, Not Your Wallet



At the Knight Multimedia Workshop in June 2009, I collaborated with four journalists on a multimedia package about a donation-based yoga studio in downtown Berkeley. The project's main video, which I edited, incorporates video footage, still photos and audio gathered by all five team members. View the high-resolution Flash version at the project site.

Special thanks to fellow team members Erika Check Hayden, Caryn Rousseau, Cesar Munoz-Acebes and Amelia Estades Santaliz!

7.03.2008

I didn't shoot J.R., but I did shoot his ranch

I'm talking about a video shoot, of course. No telling who you might come across when you take your camera to Southfork Ranch. I found "Dallas" TV show fans from the Czech Republic, U.K., France, Denver and Wapakoneta, Ohio. Our package on the legendary show's 30th anniversary includes my story and this nifty trivia quiz.