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Carnival of Journalism

September 3, 2011 in Community, Education, Experiments, Resources

We are a group of bloggers who enjoy writing about journalism and related topics. Once a month we get together and write about the same topic chosen by a different host each time. For those unfamiliar with blog carnivals check out Wikipedia’s definition.

Collectively we have numerous years experience in blogging and a decent amount of knowledge about the subject matter (or so we hope).

In its current incantation the Carnival is made possible with support from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The first four months of this “carnival” will discuss topics leading up to a conference at RJI organized by David Cohn made possible by the Knight Foundation.” SourceCarnival of Journalism

Committee of Concerned Journalists

September 1, 2011 in Community, Craft, Education, Policy, Resources

The Committee of Concerned Journalists is a consortium of journalists, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession.

To secure journalism’s future, the group believes that journalists from all media, geography, rank and generation must be clear about what sets our profession apart from other endeavors. To accomplish this, the group is creating a national conversation among journalists about principles.

Three Goals

  1. To clarify and renew journalists’ faith in the core principles and function of journalism.
  2. To create a better understanding of those principles by the public.
  3. To engage and inform ownership and management of these principles and their financial as well as social value.

How Do We Accomplish Them?

To initiate a conversation about standards, the group first issued a statement of concern, created a network of professionals nationwide, held twenty-one forums, and conducted surveys and content studies to identify the core principles journalists share. These were then distilled in 2001 into a book, “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” (Updated and Revised in April 2007). In turn, these ideas are available to news people through our Traveling Curriculum of workshops. The work continues through further research, reporting, writing and discussion.” Source: Committee of Concerned Journalists

Twitter’s Official Page for Journalists

August 22, 2011 in Community, Distribution, Resources, Technology

Today in an e-mail from Twitter’s PR team, the company introduced Twitter for Newsrooms (#TfN), a compelling resource akin to Facebook for Journalists that will help optimize the platform’s reporting potential. The guide contains four sections, #report, #engage, #publish and #extra, each with a variety of best practices geared towards streamlining Twitter reporting and making Twitter a more efficient journalism tool. While much of the information won’t ring fresh for reporters already knee-deep in social media sourcing, it’s a comprehensive and helpful resource for journalists of all levels hoping to gain some insight into Twitter’s potential for journalists. So what does the new guide include?

#Report “A suite of search tools that allow you and your colleagues to search as much as you need to.”

#EngageExamples of journalists using Twitter to improve the way they connect with audiences, share news and, through it all, build deeper and broader communities.”

#Publish Tools that enable you to “connect tweets to actions.”

#Extra Helpful links to Twitter blogs, Twitter in other languages and a variety of other resources.” SourceMediabistro


How to Host a Tweetup

July 6, 2011 in Community, Resources

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Let us know additional steps you recommend to include in the Tweetup guide or suggest your list of Tweetups others should check out.

Simply put, a Tweetup is a set time and day when a group of people on Twitter are online to discuss a particular topic. One main group moderates the Tweetup by posting rules, promotional tweets and questions during the event, while participants tweet responses and follow other participants. Sometimes a core group of participants will meet to execute the Tweetup in person.

Here are some tips we’ve picked up on how to make your own Tweetup successful.

Prepare in advance for the Tweetup:

  • Set a date and time
  • Choose a topic: something that you will focus your questions and conversation around
  • Choose a hashtag: pick one that isn’t commonly used already
  • Select questions to ask: prepare 4-5 that relate to your topic
  • Write a blog post: offer a landing page with information about how someone can attend
  • Prepare canned Tweets and a timeline: schedule your Tweets in CoTweet based on a timeline of how you want the event to go

Reach out to people to see if they will attend:

  • Reach out to attendees: send invites to people you know or people who are involved in the topic
  • Confirm panelists to participate: find experts on the topic who will deepen the value for participants; ideally they are already familiar with Twitter

Use third party applications to help Tweeters follow the conversation:

  • Create Bit.lys or other shortened, trackable links
  • Tweet Grid allows you to monitor multiple searches and share with followers
  • CoTweet (or another 3rd party Twitter app) helps you view Tweets and Twitter accounts more easily
  • TweetDeck (or another 3rd party Twitter app) allows you to see a number of searches at once

Join one of these useful Journalism focused Tweetups to see how they manage their events:

  • #JournChat Journalism and public relations chat, every Monday at 5pm PST/8pm EST
  • #pubmedia Public purpose media chat, every Monday at 5pm PST/8pm EST
  • #WJchat Web journalism chat, every Wednesday at 5pm PST/8pm EST
  • #mybxb Hyperlocal news chat, every Monday at 5pm PST/8pm EST

Sea Beez

April 25, 2011 in Community, Craft, Experiments, Resources

Sea Beez launched about a year ago. Founder Julie Pham says:

“As ethnic media organizations gain the tools to develop their businesses and we begin to work together to build our industry, they become better equipped to amplify the voices of the ethnic communities they serve; to expand their audiences beyond their conventional ethnic boundaries; and to foster intercultural communication.”

Sea Beez offers a full range of services to strengthen the skills of Seattle’s ethnic media makers. The current focus is on helping ethnic media increase their capacity with a series of workshops and forums featuring “how to” information. The areas they have outlined for workshop offerings include branding, websites, legal rights, online advertising, journalism, research, multimedia, accounting, and ad sales.


April 14, 2011 in Community, Experiments, Resources, Technology

Seattle is one of five cities with Xconomy websites. The site was launched in 2008 and its says the following about itself:

“Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.

Xconomy’s goal is “to become the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth.

“We plan to deliver this valuable content through a unique global network of localized blogs, events, conferences and other initiatives designed to better connect people and ideas.”

Part of its business model is hosting Xconomist Forums.

West Seattle Blog

April 14, 2011 in Community, Craft, Resources, Technology

Founded in 2005 by the wife and husband team of Tracy Record and Patrick Sand, the West Seattle Blog is easily one of the most watched, talked about and celebrated hyperlocal news sites in the country. It epitomizes the idea of “regular people” working amazingly hard to cover everything that moves in their community.

Record, who handles content, was a pioneer in digital news at the Walt Disney Internet Group and KOMO-TV. She quit her job as news director at KCPQ-TV to work more than full time for WSB. Patrick, who handles sales, has been in ad sales for more than 25 years and was also a pioneer in Internet advertising. They list their content collaborators as EVERYONE in West Seattle.


April 14, 2011 in Community, Craft, Resources, Technology

Seattlest was launched in January 2005 as a local blog of local happenings. It is part of network of similar sites in major cities, including New York and London.

Puget SoundOff

April 14, 2011 in Community, Craft, Experiments, Resources

Puget SoundOff is an online space “created by and for youth” to encourage young people to be involved in their communities.  The site appeals to youth with a call to action:

“It starts with one voice speaking out on an issue, then finding others to collaborate with and taking action. You can be that voice. You can get involved. You can make change happen.”

It was developed in 2007 by an inaugural PSO Youth Council with the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, University of Washington Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and Metrocenter YMCA.