Wednesday, May 23, 2007

How are you doing? a college new media checklist

Check out this article by Bryan Murley on the ICM website. Here is part of the article. Click here to learn more about this topic and here to learn more about innovation in online journalism.

IMHO, this has been a watershed year for college news media and college NEW media mindsets. But what do I know? I’m just sitting out here watching all these great student journalists learn video, audio, soundslides, hyperlinking, blogging, etc. and trying to share the wealth with others.

Far more important on a day-to-day basis is what you think about your news organization’s new media efforts. This is finals week for a lot of folks, and the publication schedule has ended. In the next couple of weeks, I want to encourage each and every one of you - advisers and student journalists - to sit down and reflect on the past year from a multimedia standpoint. Are you further along now than you were 9 months ago?

* Have you got your news org. online?
* Do you have a content management system?
* Have you posted any videos online?
* Have you included any audio soundbites in a story?
* Have you done a photo slideshow?
* Have you put up an audio slideshow (perhaps using Soundslides)?
* Have you done a map?
* Have you used weblogs on your site?
* Have you uploaded source documents (PDFs, excel spreadsheets, etc.) to accompany a big story?
* Have you used social media (Facebook, MySpace, YouTube) to market your stories?
* Have you tracked what others are saying about you via Technorati or Google Blogsearch?
* Have you used the web site to post breaking news online FIRST?
* Have you moved the online editor out of the back office and into a position of authority?
* Have you allowed comments on your stories?
* Have you encouraged writers to write for the Web and include hyperlinks in their stories?
* Have you tried something experimental?

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Rating blogs for newspapers

Some students at New York University evaluated how well daily newspapers blogged on their web sites. The results are interesting (and the analysis is illuminating.) Check it out by clicking here.