As journalists, Who would have thought that when we first signed up for our Facebook or Twitter accounts, that it would lead to story ideas. Even sources.

These days, it’s encouraged to have those windows up and open instead of trying to hide them from your editor.

Storyful is a website that offers online training for professional, freelance, and even amateur journalists on how to best use their social media tools for news consumption and distribution and also how the “old gray hairs” of the newsroom can catch up to speed.
Storyful also gives ideas about crowd sourcing. Journalists post questions as Facebook statuses or “tweets” on  looking for sources to an upcoming story.  The crowd sourcing technique is especially helpful for freelance journalists who usually work from home and don’t have the luxury of a newsroom to generate contact information.

Just as Barbara Walter utilized her Facebook page during the election, journalists can also ask what people would want to know about a person they are interviewing or invite people and friends to post responses, questions, or comments for upcoming pieces.

“The more people contribute to journalism, the stronger it can be.”

Sometimes though Facebook and Twitter may fall into the unethical gray zone when discussing the choice about using people’s profile information, wall posts and photos.  Is that public or private information? Storyful briefly discusses the effects that come with making those decisions.

Storyful also just opened up their private Twitter handle as a public news wire for news consumption. It’s all breaking news items that can be used by journalists.

“Storyful believe the key skill for journalists in a social age is collaboration.”


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Ashima’s Ascent”

By David Frank and Julie Bosman

The silhouetted shot of Ashima swinging is a nice opening to the piece.

I understand the video wanted to make the audience understand how phenomenal she is at bouldering and how she is one of the best, but the sound bites of “she’s so talented” in the beginning aren’t really justified by who is talking-they could be from friends and family who think anything she does is fantastic. They are too general.

Anytime someone can incorporate stills from  past archives or family albums make the piece more personal to the audience.

David Frank’s variety of views and camera angles gives an entire picture-especially Ashima’s views from atop the wall, looking down and seeing how far she has climbed.

Social Media on Cyber Monday

“TimesCast Media+Tech: Expanding the Oprah Winfrey Network. | The author and illustrator William Joyce adapts children’s stories for the big screen. | Analyzing the latest Cyber Monday reports.”

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The New York Times: Times Cast Media is broadcast online every Monday and Wednesday and is not only accessible to subscribers, but free to everyone.  The newscast from New York Times gives an interesting twist to multimedia and news and content from the paper that applies to a more wide audience. It gives a glimpse of some of the headlines in issues of their week’s paper; hoping to attract more readership.
The 1986 privacy law with social media that’s been a focus for many years and affects many journalists with how to extract and protect their own content on their personal websites.  Also, how do we know if what we are re-tweeting or quoting in our tweets is accurate? Can we be sued for libel because of it?A faux legalese Facebook status circulated this last week, posted as statuses to protect users from Facebook using their content in an inappropriate manner.The video looks at:

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In the interview of the “Rise of the Guardians” author, they use two different cameras which  give different points of views that prevent it from being boring.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t be very alluring to only see shots of  opening up the books, the author signing the title page, and showcasing the covers.

Cyber Monday is on the rise on new social media technology-a new impact I had never thought about. Usually, people use smartphones for talking, texting, email, social media, and games.  But more this year that years past, people are using smartphone to get good deals and do some of the shopping instantly.

Jill, from IBMgives a glimpse in to the importance of website analytics in tracking sales from retailers on Monday with up to the minute updates.  This could also be applied to looking at analysics for journalist websites and blogs to help customize features to attract more viewers and keep viewers on the site.

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In the video, the still shots are effective and offer a variety between staged portraits to  news archives of those sentenced to jail for violating the copyright law.  However, even though they zoom in and pan a bit with the still photos, I think they pause too long on the pictures.  The narrative is also very fast paced and packs a lot of information in a short period of time: too much to comprehend at times.

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  • A Multimedia Review:Kite with the WindErik Olsen opening song and placement of the camera in the blowing grasses captures the mood of the kiteboarder topic effectively and the relation that comes with this sport; how it can be both relaxing and peaceful but also competitive.

    The quick interviews in the beginning and sound bites gave a rush momentum to the piece and the placement of the subjects with the kiteboarders behind them really gave context.  I really enjoyed how the music broke in between interviews to keep me engaged.

    When the shots are zoomed in on the water and waits for Rob, the kiteboarder, to ride by, this causes a powerful element.  From this multimedia project, I’m learning more and more how effective close-ups are to a piece.

    The voiceover from both Rob and the competition announcer provided important information without bogging down the entire piece and transitioned nicely to the interviews.

    Helmet camera sometimes can be dizzying and overused but Erik Olsen, the multimedia journalist, contained just enough to not turn me off to his piece.

    Olsen also did a great job at giving context to the sport with other boarders by utilizing YouTube videos and news footage.

    The fact that Olsen could make a piece in conditions of extreme wind while not having it overpower interviews but not silencing it to decrease from the actual experience, is great.

    The ending quote from Rob wrapped it up nicely without being too soft and cheesy.

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It’s that time of year.  As we approach December, you  may begin crossing off your Christmas gift list for the ones you love in your life.  Heck, you may have even started your shopping the last week in August to beat the crazy crowds at the mall. But you or someone you may know, is a journalist-a person who likes the newest and best gadgets to get the job done reporting most efficiently in this  high-paced field.

Now, you’re stumped! What is the best product out there for them?

As a college student with (let’s be honest), not the most flexible and overabundant amount of capital to spend freely to “test” new products, I turned to fellow journalist bloggers who seem to know more about what works and what doesn’t in the gadget world. “Stuff Journalists Like” is a great website full of helpful blog entries for journalists.  They also came up with their own Christmas List.  Some of these, I’ll agree, I either had on my list prior or quickly added them to my list because they’re just that cool.

Screen Shot 2012-11-30 at 7.49.17 AMAnother site that supplied ideas is Adam Westbrook’s “Ideas on Digital Storytelling and PublishingThe multimedia journalist’s Christmas list

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Warning: some of these are pretty pricey, but also highly addictive and may even draw you into the journalism field if you haven’t been already.

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I’ll admit, I own this game and its actually pretty fun! It’s a nice mixture of “Apples 2 Apples” and Scrabble.
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I’m asking for a similar one by Timbuk2 that I can customize and still has the same amount of pockets and is great for bike commuters.
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Yup, asked for a subscription to either Consumer Reports (to stay up on gadgets and products) or another of National Geographic. No matter what people say, magazines aren’t dead!

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Multimedia Review:

“The Paula Broadwell Stake Out”

The Washington Post

By Whitney Shefte

Because The Washington Post is a competitor of The New York Times, I wanted to also take a look at their trending multimedia footage.

This multimedia video gives a snapshot of how journalists are the ultimate stalkers.  It opens nicely by giving a sense of place by an out of focus shot to focusing in on the cherry blossom trees that are famous for Washington D. C.

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It gives a nice viewpoint of multimedia journalists hard at work waiting for their subject and the importance of patience.

Because there is not much action taking place or many interviews, the journalist does a good job at getting close up shots of the  address of the house, the building and also the fellow journalists.

Though it isn’t long, it gets the point across with good natural sound, quick sound bites and good scenes and sense of place.


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