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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Resources for journalists in a rocky time

rocky horror picture show scene
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/

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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