Red Sox Opening Day 2017: Testing Banjo Web Widget

Screenshot of Banjo map and social media posts at 10:45 am, 4/3/17, on Red Sox Opening Day.  Click on the map to go to the live Banjo page focusing on Fenway area.

Well, it must be spring.

It’s Red Sox Opening Day in Boston, and I’m using the occasion to test the Banjo real-time social media filter based on geographic location.

I’ve created a Web widget that circles in on social media posts re Opening Day in a region around Fenway.   Let’s see if it works in this version of WordPress.

OK, I see it here in my draft.

Now, let’s see what happens when I preview and publish.

Umm, not showing in preview except as a link.  Now I will publish.

OK, only shows as a link when I publish. and when I come BACK to this post — the image version has disappeared and I see just the link. This happened before when I did an embed.  Grrr.

Well, as a text preview, this link is bringing me to a slideshow of photos.  I’m assuming they are being uploaded in real time, tho I did start capturing them at 8 am today and will do so til 11:30 pm.   I could reset that start time and see what happens.

https://bu.banjoapp-widget.com/album/58e25711a87e1946d4099de3

Also, I want to see the MAP showing where posting activity is high. And I want to see better who’s posting. So going back in to get that URL.

Here’s the MAP URL — get an overview, then click on the Fenway area to see specific Red Sox postings. Explore in detail by opening it up and/or going to column atleft of screen. You can see users, which platforms they are on, etc.

https://bu.banjoapp.com/place/42.34641241092858,-71.10111317036133/?name=Boston%2C%20MA

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Finding solace, and support, in the words of John Adams

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John Adams, second president of the United States, (1797-1801), patriot, philosopher and farmer

Dear fellow journalists:

Feeling beleaguered?  Even more so after yesterday’s rant by President Trump?

Today, I found solace in these words of a son of Massachusetts, of liberty, the country’s first vice president and its second president:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.  — John Adams

To all of you: Keep up the good work.

Resources for journalists in a rocky time

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Scene from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Ingrid Richter, Creative Commons)

What a need for reliable journalistic resources, in light of the inauguration of a new president who — horrors — questions the validity of news as told by most media.

At the same time, innovations in communications are coming at us so fast even a robot might have trouble processing them.

Here are some reputable resources for keeping up with both. I urge you to follow, join and subscribe for the latest on trends, research, training and hot topics.

Boston University Department of Journalism Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bujodept/

Pew Research Center
http://www.pewinternet.org/

Nieman Journalism Lab
http://www.niemanlab.org/
http://www.niemanlab.org/subscribe/ 

Online News Association
https://journalists.org/
https://journalists.org/news/ona-weekly/

The Poynter Institute
http://www.poynter.org/
Newsletters  http://poynter.us9.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=79fa45ed20ff84851c3b9cd63&id=5372046825
Webinars and more  http://about.poynter.org/training

Perry Hewitt’s Friday 5 email newsletter
Perry culls highlights from the week on strategy and practice for digital leadership – plus some fun stuff
http://perryhewitt.com/email-update/

Twitter Scavenger Hunt gets the class off Comm Ave.

detective-freebie2-300x250Even longtime residents in my JO304 multimedia storytelling class at Boston University made discoveries about the city as they practiced digital and social media skills during this Twitter Scavenger Hunt early this month.

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ESPN vs. NYT: Whose focus wins what audience on this Sunday afternoon?

I think I could have predicted this one.

Twitter’s overall top trend is the People’s Climate March.  But the top trends showing on The Providence Journal’s Twitter feed are — football, football, football.

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