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/

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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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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: From the farm to the web

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Online pioneer. Curator. Learner. Snoop. Critic. Dreamer. Fixer. Know it all. Eavesdropper. Farmer’s daughter. Beach baby. 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?

My news career officially began in a crowded, dirty, noisy newsroom at The Westerly Sun, where I was the only, and first, full-time female reporter and editor.

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It’s stretched over four decades since then, including being the first online editor at The Providence Journal.   Now,  I’m an adjunct at Boston University College of Communication, teaching multimedia storytelling.

I love the discourse with the students, who —  I like to think — need my experience and expertise,  while they keep me hopping with their questions and observations.

The seas of journalism are rough and high these days, making them tough to navigate, especially for young people who want to make it their career.

I hope that in some ways I can be their guide.

Andrea Panciera
apancier@bu.edu
@andreapanciera

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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 9.3.17

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 stuffies or what makes R.I. politicians still think they can get away with cheap crimes?  Hey,  there’s a reason why the podcast Crimetown started in Providence.

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.  We have a special tradition of supplying contestants, and winners, to TV reality shows. 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. Let’s get started.

update twitter embed test

Just grabbing the URL, by clicking on timestamp in a tweet, and copying it into a post as plain text, NOT a hyperline, works to embed a single tweet,  how to here, example below:
https://mikelittle.org/how-to-embed-a-tweet-in-a-wordpress-post/

 

Will this work in free version?

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>. <a href=”https://twitter.com/brittanycomak”>@brittanycomak</a&gt; says she doesn’t like when newspapers pick a candidate to endorse for an election. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/JO304?src=hash”>#JO304</a></p>&mdash; Alex Greenberg (@AlexSpurs_) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AlexSpurs_/status/661253252017704960″>November 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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