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Free tools for digital journalism, storytelling

[photo by OZinOH] I wanted to share a list of cool, free multimedia tools from a talk I presented last night at Florida International University during a meeting of the fledgling Hacks/Hackers chapter in Miami. I also got to help … Continue reading

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Tips For Driving Traffic To Your Big Interactive Project

The denizens of the NICAR listserv were having an interesting discussion today about ways to get more attention and traffic on the data-driven projects they create. These projects often require huge amounts of time and creativity, so getting the most … Continue reading

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Justice League of data journalists pitches online courses via Kickstarter

It’s enough to make a newsroom data nerd squeal. A who’s-who of application developer journalists have launched a Kickstarter campaign to create educational materials on building web apps, data visualizations, maps and more. Their plan is to create eight courses, … Continue reading

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How To End Repetitive Newsroom Typing [Tutorial]

Typing can really get in the way of creating content. There’s the typing of repeat responses to readers,story lineup templates, repeated staff reminders and so on. All of that garbage typing gets in the way of doing the kind of … Continue reading

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How One Journalist Learned To Code: Tips For The Unafraid

I’m not a guy building the latest killer app, but I sling enough PHP to be dangerous and empowered. Before I learned programming, I had learned some HTML and CSS, but those are really like knowing how to paint a house. I wanted to play with the hammer and nails. So here’s how I learned to code, along with my two cents for journalists who want to learn some programming. Continue reading

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Free Multimedia Tool Workshop Updated Handouts

Hey Journalistopians, it’s been a long while, but I wanted to post the handouts and examples I’ll be sharing at this weekend’s Online News Association Parachute Training in Boca Raton, Fla. Feel free to use these in presentations, in the … Continue reading

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Time Hack: Monitor News Sites with iMacros Firefox Plugin

My colleague Mario Starks recently pointed me to a rockin’ new Firefox plugin called iMacros, which lets you automatically run a whole host of repetitive tasks in your browser.┬áMy immediate thought was how this tool is perfect for monitoring competitors … Continue reading

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5 Must-Read Online Media Books

As I stared at my bookshelf this evening, I got to thinking about the books I most often recommend to online journalism colleagues and workshop participants. I figure my pals in the blogosphere might find such a list useful as … Continue reading

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5 tips on managing insane amounts of e-mail

Your inbox doesn’t have to be a scary place. These five tips can help you cope with hordes of e-mail. You’ve probably felt that drowning feeling on a Monday morning when you open up Microsoft Outlook and the enormous pile … Continue reading

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Handouts for today’s FSNE multimedia workshops

Hey folks, just wanted to post the handouts I’ll be giving out at the two FSNE multimedia workshops I’ll be leading this afternoon in Tampa. One session is on blogging and the other is on new online media tools. Here … Continue reading

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10 Things Online Editors can do to Save Their Jobs

Learning the skills to “do it yourself” can help you keep your online media job in these tough times and possibly get you an even better gig. [Photo by Tommy Huynh] If you’re a web worker at a news site, … Continue reading

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25+ of Danny’s Favorite Multimedia Tools

Many handymen have a favorite wrench or drill they adore and always keep with them. Well, journo-geeks are no exception. Below is a shortlist of more than 25 of my favorite (and mostly free) multimedia tools. I put together this … Continue reading

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