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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, April 30, 2014

DFM chat on how to #snowfall your stories without knowing code

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 are talking about snowfalling your stories. Can it be done in small newsrooms with small to no resources (SPOILER: YES). Is it worth doing? How? Don't forget to bring your toolkit, curiosity and your real talk.

You can 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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Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can small to mid size news organizations do explanatory journalism?

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 are talking about explanatory journalism. and how (or if) newsrooms with fewer resources should or can do it. Is it worth it? Why? And yes, what tools should you use? Bring your toolkit and your real talk.

You can 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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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kingston shows up to work late, becaWAIT A SEC HOW IS 8:09 A.M. LATE?


The median worker in Kingston shows up to work at 8:09 a.m. (and that is apparently late, relatively, what?), according to a report by Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com.


The median in the U.S. is 7:55 am., Silver reports using Census data, adding that New York City's median is the worst/best in the country at 8:24 a.m., bunch of good-for-nothing lazy pants.

For the record, I come to work at around 8:30 a.m. (-ish  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), which is actually more than 8 hours later that I used to when I was a copy editor some 10 years ago, so cut me some slack over here.

This horrible hour of showing up to work with funky hair, questionable wardrobe, red eyes and despair, I should note, is remarkably later than that of the Freeman's managing editor, Tony Adamis, who works crazy hours and crazy times because he's ... a hard worker, yes sir.

So, what time do you show up to work? And why are you responding to this while at work?

h/t James Nani

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lessons from a social media fail


Earlier today, the Freeman posted a question on its Facebook page that was in poor taste.
I know.

So the post was criticized. The editor who posted it (who is very sorry about this, by the way) apologized in the post. But we took the whole thing down to prevent it from offending more people, as it was being shared as well. And we apologized in a new post.
Normally, we're not inclined to erase posts because doing so can give the impression that one is trying to hide from a mistake. But this is a case in which the gains from being transparent by leaving it were outweighed by the offense.
It is in the interests of transparency and to share some lessons that I'm posting this.

So, if you mess up:
* Take the post down to prevent it from spreading further and doing more damage.
* Quickly acknowledge your mistake and apologize in a new post.
* Don't rationalize. Don't bury the lede. When you mess up, say so.
* Check your other networks and trace those shares (and screengrab tweets) and apologize directly.
* Don't engage on negative back and forth. It's your mistake. Own it.
* And move on.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DFM chat on mobile tools for journalists


Tout, obvs.
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 are talking (and crowdsourcing!) about mobile tools for journalists —other than Twitter and Facebook— that can help in reporting. Which ones are essential? Which ones are fun? Which could be used that haven't been used? Are there ones that are simply gimmicky and don't really contribute to the story? Bring your toolkit and your #realtalk.

You can 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.

Results from the form are live after the jump.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Facebook for small newsrooms


Do you manage a Facebook page for a local media organization? Is your page reach down" (SPOILER: Yes, it is) What can you do about it from an organizational way?

We're leading a workshop at 3 p.m. ET on managing a news organization Facebook page in order to increase reach when having limited resources and time. You can use the container below if you have any questions or use #DFMchat on twitter to post questions or comments.

Previously: DFM chat on Facebook page engagement
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DFM chat on a journalist's essential skills and tools

Editor's toolkits may vary.
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 are talking about the essential skills and tools a reporter should have. The answer, obviously, will depend on what kind of reporter we are talking about (war reporters and feature reporters have different considerations to take into account, for instance). But we'll talk about the necessary requirements. Should reporters know HTML? Code? Final Cut? Should they try to master all or focus on a specific discipline? Bring your tools and #realtalk.

You can 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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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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