Last week the Westboro Baptist Church came to town. Although we were reticent about giving any more attention to Fred Phelps and his message of hate than absolutely necessary, we had to acknowledge that the Spokane community was planning to turn out in numbers to protest. We had to be there. And in the end, we produced out some solid coverage.
With Westboro’s well-publicized schedule of appearances, it seemed an easy opportunity to try something new with our live coverage at spokesman.com. Drawing from advice I got from Danny Gawlowski at the Northwest Video Workshop, I decided to try Ustream to shoot some live video.
For a trial effort, it went well. I shot live feeds of the counterprotests at Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University. Below you can check out the (choppy) replay of the EWU counter demonstration, easily the biggest of the day, then read on for some specs, tips and observations about using Ustream with an iPhone.
Last week a reporter working on a story about the past and future of Spokane’s downtown YMCA building wandered over to my desk. He wanted to do an online timeline to accompany it. I said sure. (Short attention span? Check out my new Showroom page to see the finished product.)
I had planned to use Dipity, which I’ve heard good things about. But when I created an account, I didn’t see how to manually build a timeline. At least with the free account. I saw a lot of auto-update ability tied into other media accounts (YouTube, Flickr, RSS feeds). But I wanted to add bullets as far back as 1890. I didn’t have a Google account back then.
The reporter had learned about Time Glider while at a Knight Digital Media Center multimedia seminar, so I decided to try it. Check out the result, then let’s go to the bullet points.
If you’re reading this, then, like me, you have been procrastinating on doing your Twitter Lists homework.
It’s not like there’s much to do. Anyone who has figured out Twitter’s web interface will quickly get the hang of making a list.
But because I’ve been tasked with integrating this feature with my workplace account, @spokesmanreview, I thought I’d read up a bit. I saved the best of what I found using Publish2 so that I could easily share the links in this post with the handy WordPress plugin.
My biggest question was about how a journalist could make better use of Lists. I hope you find these links helpful.
- Twitter Lists; Limitations, bugs, impact, and brilliance
scobleizer.posterous.com | October 18, 2009
- How Journalists Can Use Twitter Lists to Customize, Discover and Curate
Poynter Institute | October 29, 2009
- Twitter Lists: Frequently Asked Questions and Strategies
mashable.com | November 3, 2009
- 10 Ways You Can Use Twitter Lists
Mashable | November 4, 2009
I’ve been using the collaborative journalism tools from Publish2 more frequently at work. So when I saw Daniel Bachhuber at Publish2 had authored a WordPress plugin, I wanted to try it. Below are links and tweets that other journalists and I saved today relating to MSNBC’s acquisition of the EveryBlock project.
MSNBC.com Likely Will Add EveryBlock Feeds To Its Local Section In ‘Next Few Months’
paidContent | August 17, 2009
MSNBC.com Buys EveryBlock as Interest in Local Content Grows | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD
All Things Digital | August 17, 2009
Reflections of a Newsosaur: How did newspapers lose Everyblock?
newsosaur.blogspot.com | August 17, 2009
MSNBC.com acquires EveryBlock
blog.everyblock.com | August 17, 2009
EveryBlock acquisition and me
Holovaty.com | August 17, 2009
July 1, 2009 update: I’m aware that the spokesman.com videos I’ve embedded aren’t playing. I’m in touch with the admin to see what’s happening.
We (as co-workers other than me) debuted a new feature on spokesman.com videos today: video embedding.
To grab the code on any Spokesman-Review video, just click the <> button in the lower right of the player, click “copy code,” then paste on your blog or elsewhere.
This is a great step forward in sharing the multimedia talents of Spokesman-Review photographers and videographers. We get our content out there, and we get the clicks. But why should you care? Well…
I confess. I only watched President Obama’s address to Congress with half my attention Tuesday night.
I posted this tag cloud to spokesman.com, but later at home I went back and played some more. This time, I created a word tree showing the context in which Obama used the pronoun “I”. Below you will see Obama’s promises and most personal of statements stand out in stark relief. Recognizing that these events are heavy on rhetoric and light on accountability, I look forward to rereading these in a few months.
Links for December 15th through December 16th:
- Detroit’s big news as seen from a key design insider – SND Update – Matt Mannsfield gets some extra dirt on Tuesday's big newspaper shakeup in Detroit.
- Spot.us – Story: Bay Area Cement Plants and Global Warming – A good example of package reporting and entrepreneurial publishing ideas. Let's hope we see more of this; let's hope that it can sustain good journalism.
- Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists » Blog Archive » TNTJ December: Building an online brand – some tips – "Forget Facebook, Bebo, MySpace etc, LinkedIn is the professional networking site and it can be used by potential employers to find you and see who you are and what you do."
- Today’s Thought: What/who will be left to rebuild journalism? | The Journalism Iconoclast – This is a humbling reflection. But does its author assume too much?
- Google Reader (579) – On administration of Twitter accounts: "For now, I'm trying out a service called Tweetlater that automatically follows people that follow @commoncraft and sends them a quick "thank you" message. It's not as personal as I'd like, and some spammers are using it for nefarious purposes, but it allows me to accomplish the goal of following people without having to take an action for every one. It's lightweight."
- Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists » Blog Archive » TNTJ December: Marketing yourself online – your byline is your brand – "Feel uncomfortable with all this talk about you? Well, get used to it, this is the age of self-promotion, and we’ve just gotten started."
Links for October 29th through November 3rd:
- Where to Get Live Election Night Coverage Online : CyberJournalist.net – I can't believe spokesmanreview.com didn't get a mention!
- Twitter Vote Report : CyberJournalist.net – A civic-minded application of Twitter. Would love to see somebody follow this and evaluate its efficacy.
- washingtonpost.com – TimeSpace: Election – Great idea. Novel way of organizing a huge volume of stories and photos geared toward a neational audience.
- Link Once, Publish Everywhere: Publish2 Launches Connection to Twitter and Delicious » Publish2 Blog –
- What’s the Difference Between a Blog and a Web Site? — contentious.com – "If you think you’ll want to do more than blog, choose a platform that will let you expand. If you think you’ll want things like a forum, video library, or wiki, you’re probably better off building a site in on a more full-featured platform like WordPress, Drupal, Movable Type, or Expression Engine."