Friday, June 21, 2013

An interactive map of our death-defying road trip to Mesa Verde

I don't even know what happened last week, but somehow we're all alive.
Three cars, two wildfires, three states and too many close calls later.

I am updating a part of the Fodor's travel guide books, and I dragged my family along on a road trip while I did my reporting. We had quite an adventure. And of course, the jouronerd I am, I had to document it in an interactive map. Because duh.

To view the Prezi, click on the middle button and then press your arrow left/right keys to move through the pictures along the map.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Who needs coding when you can Scrollkit? Grade: C

I used Scrollkit to create a special webpage for coverage of Boulder's huge yoga festival, the Hanuman Festival.

How it works: Scrollkit is a super easy way to build a webpage for a story. Insert text, photos, videos, links. It gives you the power to express a story that used to only belong to web designers.

I liked: How easy it was, and how fast customer service was. Yes, I had a few questions.

I didn't like: Mainly, how to embed the page onto our newspaper site after I spent all day designing it. Turns out, it works with Wordpress CMS but not what my paper uses or blogger. Darn it. Wish I learned that before designing the full page. The customer service gave me information on how to export the embed code, but I still don't know what to do with it.

In this case, I'm not exactly sure how Scrollkit is different than NewHive -- which gives you the same freedom to build a webpage PLUS an easy-to-find embed code.

While designing, I also had trouble with these little dotted lines taking over my page and refusing to go away. Tech support helped me find my way around this, by saving and refreshing the page, but it seems like they might want to fix this glitch. (See photos below.)

Messy! Yucky!

Regardless, here is the Scrollkit page I made for the Hanuman Festival, shared to you via screenshot with a link (boo).

Even though I still don't know how to get it on my webpage, I am still pleased with it. We will have to just link to the external page from our website. Due to this, I'm rating Scrollkit a C.

Click here to view the full page.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Live coverage of the Hanuman Festival (ScribbleLive)

I'll be covering the Hanuman Festival, Boulder's huge annual yoga festival, in downtown Boulder tomorrow. Follow the #hanumania all in one place here!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

How technology has improved my reporting

Aka: The case for using a note-taking/recording app, like Notability, on your iPad. 

From a recent subject of a story: 

GREAT JOB! I think you covered every important aspect and issue. You showed empathy, humor and in depth research. I don't remember you writing anything down and our time with you was comfortable, honest sharing.....not interview-esque! 

I'm very impressed by your style!!! Congratulations and thank you for spreading the word!!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Business of Me webinar

Today, I am popping in on a webinar called the Business of Me.

Click here for a self-guided tour of the lesson.

The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism webinar is run by Mark S. Luckie, author of "The Digital Journalist's Handbook." The workshop is designed to teach us how to teach a variety of things, but I'm most curious about how to "brand yourself and project your worth."

My worth? My daddy says I'm worth my weight in gold...
We'll see what Luckie says. Probably not that.

Here is the main question I hope to get answered: I'm curious how to brand yourself without limiting or pigeonholing yourself. And how to keep branding from interfering with the traditional journalistic standards of being an unbiased observer. In other words, how do you draw the line between being a person and being a professional? 

More webinars tomorrow and Thursday, too.