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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Facebook news feed changes


Facebook Just Gave The Finger To Millions Of People Who Use It For News - Huffington Post


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DFM chat on the real value of video for small to mid-sized news organizations

Did you know? Nobody wants to watch a video of a dude sitting on a desk.


Digital First Media and other journalists, members of the community and fans of journalism are going to participate (or lurk) in a Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

Today we are are talking about video, especially as it pertains to mid-size to smaller news organizations. Should small news organizations even bother with videos that likely are only going to get modest views? Are you shooting video for the sake of doing video? What is the real goal? How are you accomplishing those goals? As a user, what kinds of video do you watch and want to watch online?

In a news environment of limited resources and staff, how can those efforts be refocused? Is there such a thing as a cost-effective and easy-to-produce-and-publish mobile-friendly video?

If you want to be in the post chat archive, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below. Bring your videos!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Uncertain symbols on a fixed trajectory



Look up. It's the summer of the state of news media reports doom and gloom, the best and worst time to be a news consumer/producer and everything old is new again etc., etc., but this time in a smaller circle, like water going down a drain.
There will be many metaphors and takes and algorithm tweaks and hopes to change that, but the only way to stop this sorry state in the industry is to break the sink and throw it out the window.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DFM chat on the use of animated gifs in journalism


Journalists, Digital First Media peeps, anyone who wants to are going to participate in a Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

Today we are revisiting gifs! Their use (and misuse) in journalism. How to do them (and do them fast) and what tools to use; When not to do them; And what about copyright?

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


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DFM chat: How to be a user friendly journalist



Journalists, Digital First Media peeps, anyone who wants to are going to participate in a Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

Today we are talking about how to be a user-friendly journalist, meaning how to produce and distribute your stuff to all sorts of audiences in whatever device (or app!) they are in. Let's talk about how the news finds its audience, and what you can do to help. And, of course, let's talk about what are the challenges, pro-tips, and #realtalk.

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