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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DFM chat on verification during breaking news

Can you spot the Photoshop job? Other than the shark and the cat?
Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're revisiting verification efforts during breaking news: How to check for identity, verifying images, video and what processes and workflows should be in place to do this on a regular basis.

You can also check out past chats over here. Note that if you use Tweetchat you don't have to type the hashtag.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DFM chat on how to improve the quality of comments

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we're revisiting how to improve the quality of comments. Most commenting platforms — Disqus, Livefyre, Facebook — are already chosen by news organizations. What we're trying to do here is to find ways to improve the quality of the comments on those platforms, whatever they are. Should reporters participate in story comments? How should journalists reply to antagonistic queries? How do you deal with Twitter mobs? What about trolls?

You can also check out past chats over here. Note that if you use Tweetchat you don't have to type the hashtag.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DFM chat on Facebook page engagement

Newspapers were the community's Facebook
wall before it was cool. This Kingston Daily Freeman
column is from Aug. 28, 1895.
Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time, beginning the fourth year for this continuing experiment in journalism.

Today we're brainstorming the recent changes in Facebook that are blamed for a decrease in reach and engagement. What doesn't work anymore? What works now?

 To do that we're using hackpad to jot down our tips and whatever strategies we can come up with.

The hackpad document and the chat feed are posted below. You can also check out past chats over here.
Note that if you use Tweetchat you don't have to type the hashtag.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below. On the editable document, just sign in with your Facebook account. All the changes are tracked, so you get automatically credited for your contribution. You can make changes to the document or just keep track of it below.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

How to make animated gifs, fast

I held a Google Hangout with the Thunderdome crew at Digital First Media and we learned to gif (pronounced, "gif." Gif is also not a verb. WHATEVER).

We even had a live Google Doc for it. So, if you want to make gifs, here's how: WARNING: ACCENT AHEAD.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DFM chat on Twitter for journalism for 2014

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon, Eastern Time, beginning the fourth year for this continuing experiment in journalism.

Today we're revisiting Twitter tips, tricks in this ever evolving world. Some things are new and are changing, but some others are proven to work, so we want to share those too.

The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here If you use Tweetchat you don't have to type the hashtag.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
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