Taking the APME NewsTrain

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I’m heading to Endicott College in Beverly, MA, Saturday, to update my multimedia skills, courtesy of Associated Press Media Editors’ NewsTrain program.

Just in time for the rest of the semester for my own multimedia storytelling class at Boston University. 

And I hope some lovely fall views from this oceanfront campus.

As requested, got my thinking cap on and ready to earn my conductor’s hat.

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The conductor, aka Tom Hanks, for the Polar Express.

 

 

 

 

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JO304 fall 2017: Class 1 outline, homework for Class 2

Not a fancy post, but a practical method for sharing.

Linked are copies of my CLASS 1 OUTLINE 9517 and HOMEWORK for CLASS 2 91217 

You can download them from here.  I’ve also uploaded copies to our Blackboard class content folder.

Another option, for my fall 2017 class members only: I can put everything in a Google Drive folder that I can share with you.

Your thoughts on the storage area you’d use most?

 

 

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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Fill in the blank: What a __ time for journalism

It's a _______time for journalism in 2017.
It’s a _______time for journalism in 2017.

Here are the choices my JO304 class in multimedia journalism at Boston University came up with in January, just before the inauguration of President Trump.

What’s your choice?

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/

Testing Storify embed in WordPress

Even tho I used the insert Url under Add Media, best i could get for Storify is a hypertext link, below.   Unlike Thinglink, which does show up as an interactive image when you add a Thinglink URL the same way.

Tips for navigating your journalistic future

Success! Facebook post embed code works in free WordPress

Discovered Facebook offers an embed code for sharing of posts on websites. Will it work in the free version of WordPress? The answer is: YES!  And it’s not new.  BUT the trick is stumbling across the code option.   I got a popup today offering it, as an option for sharing this post.  And now I can’t replicate it. GRRRR.

So i looked it up. Here’s a how-to – which includes a plug-in:
http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/embed-facebook-status-posts-wordpress/

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