Friday, September 28, 2012

Advisory board success

Alas! Here is proof that checking in with a community advisory board can yield actual tangible results. Here is a story that specifically came out of my Facebook discussions with the features community advisory board:

Friday, September 14, 2012

The cheat sheet: Modern journalism tips for the busy features reporter

I recently received a request from a features reporter/editor who wants to increase her web presence -- from ground zero. She doesn't have a Facebook or Twitter, and she doesn't know where to start.

Let's face it. There are a zillion options, apps, portals and links explaining how journalists should be "digital first." But let's also face it - we're all busy and overwhelmed and then there's Storify and Cover It Live and maps apps and Tumblr and did Google Plus ever take off and what about blogging and AHHHH my head is crying just making this list.

Stop. This doesn't need to be so hard.

Here is my super simplified "dummies guide" cheat sheet for how to start from scratch. I think all journalists should at the very minimal incorporate the following into their standard job duties.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Looking for a new way to tell a features profile?

I was looking for a new way to tell a features profile story, so I decided to experiment with a nontraditional news video.

This is the story of Nama Illo, a local man with HIV. 
In this 3:30-minute (yes, long!) narrative-style video, I incorporate the following storytelling elements: 
* An audio recording of Illo reciting something he wrote
* Six videos of his various performances
* Seven photo stills of him
* Nine pieces of his artwork
* CG pull quotes
* The music of one of his performances