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 Рplus 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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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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About me: A passion for sharing what I know

Andrea Panciera, at The Westerly Sun circa 1979.
At my desk at The Westerly Sun, circa 1979.

Updated 1.19.16

Online pioneer. Curator. Learner. Snoop. Critic. Dreamer. Fixer. Know it all. Eavesdropper. Farmer’s daughter. Oldest child. Seeker of truth and justice. A bit of a maverick.  Rhode Islander.

Put them together, and you have some of me — Andrea Panciera, a veteran multimedia journalist who has a passion for figuring out what’s going on and for sharing what she knows.

It might be who’s playing at Westerly’s Knickerbocker Cafe this weekend to the secret to steaming lobster to perfection or what makes R.I. politicians think they can get away with cheap crimes to why do Gaza and Israel keep on fighting each other?

I’ve been at this profession a long time, starting at my hometown newspaper, The Westerly Sun. I moved on to the big city of New York and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.¬†¬† Worked in the NYC metro area for a few years, newspaper editing, teaching, freelancing and hanging out with smart, fun people.

Came back to Rhode Island in 1986 and stayed at The Providence Journal until June 2015. It’s been a great local news organization, trying its best to serve its community since 1829. And it’s given me the opportunity to do so, too, including being its first online editor and an early adopter of multimedia storytelling.

News in Rhode Island is the gift that keeps on giving. As the smallest state in the union, it’s a microcosm of some of the largest, most intriguing, whackiest stories you could find anywhere, from political corruption to natural and manmade disasters to a breeding ground for foodies, music lovers, sailors, reality TV stars and, did I mention, corrupt politicians.

We also discovered that you can pick just about any news story in the world, and there’s a Rhode Island connection. Mind boggling.

Over the decades, it’s given me priceless opportunities to practice the craft of journalism, to figure out how to tell stories in ever-evolving ways, uphold values and ethics, and just stay alive amid the crunch of competition and changing habits of news and info consumption.

Much of this, I’m eager to share with the students of BU’s Comm College. I’m even more eager to learn from you.