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Twitter Chat: “Clicks vs. Quality” on April 25

With the pressure to produce more content and the influx of viral stories across the web, what does it take for newsrooms to invest in journalism that stands out? How do journalists fight for more time to work on quality pieces and less time chasing clickbait? How do managers make those key digital content decisions?

We’ll address these topics and more in our next #SPJDigiChat on April 25, 2017 from 8-9 PM EST.

Join us for “Clicks vs. Quality,” a Twitter chat with digital newsroom leaders about online content strategies in a demanding media landscape.  Just use the hashtag #SPJDigiChat to join the conversation.

Our guest experts are:

  • Mitra Kalita (@MitraKalita) –  Vice President for Programming, CNN Digital 
  • Meghan Wesley (@MeghanWesley) – Digital Enterprise Editor, WCPO

Read more about them here:

S. Mitra Kalita is the vice president for programming for CNN Digital. Kalita leads CNN Digital’s efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She also oversees the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams.
She was previously managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. During her time there, she helped latimes.com traffic soar to nearly 60 million unique multiplatform visitors monthly, innovated new forms of storytelling and audience engagement, and connected the Times to new communities via events, new beats, translations and partnerships. She also served as the executive editor at large for Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global economy site, and was its founding ideas editor. She also oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. Kalita worked previously at the Wall Street Journal, where she directed coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis as a senior writer. She was a founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press.

Kalita is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, including the highly acclaimed “Suburban Sahibs,” and speaks seven languages. A former journalism professor at St. John’s, UMass-Amherst, and Columbia University, she also previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

She is a graduate of Rutgers College, and received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Journalism school.


Meghan Wesley is a digital enterprise editor for WCPO Insider, a digital membership model at WCPO/9 On Your Side in Cincinnati. As newsrooms across the country try to figure out how to do journalism digitally, Scripps created a digital newsroom within WCPO that is similar in structure to some newspaper newsrooms. A team of 35 digital editor and reporters create content specifically for digital, working with their TV partners to create dynamic content both online and on TV. Insider charges a small fee for membership, which allows all users access to premium content as well as rewards, similar to a digital entertainment book.

Before she came to Insider in 2015, Meghan was the breaking news editor and home page manager at Cincinnati.com/The Cincinnati Enquirer. Meghan earned her bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and her master’s of science in journalism from Columbia University in 2008.

 

TWITTER CHAT: Reddit For Journalists

Join SPJ Digital March 21, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long Twitter chat about how journalists can use Reddit to enhance their audience, story arsenal and sources.
Reddit is the most valuable social media network for some journalists and the most frustrating for others. The difference lies in knowing how you make the discussions, sub-reddits and community work with you rather than against you.
Esther Schindler, a longtime tech industry journalist and coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Twitter Marketing, has translated geek-talk into English since 1992. She loves to explain how technology can, indeed, improve the quality of life. Find her on Twitter at @estherschindler. Bring chocolate.
And bring both your questions about Reddit and your comments on the experience you have with the network.
This chat will also be a great way to introduce your colleagues to the SPJ Digital Community (and SPJ as a whole) so help us get the word out! It’s going to be a lively conversation and the knowledge you gain can help you use Reddit to gain sources — and use Reddit to gain more readers for your stories.
It’s simple and easy to take part: Just use the hashtag #SPJDigiChat on your message to join the conversation.

Twitter Chat: “Enhance Your Reporting 360 Degrees”

Join SPJ Digital Dec. 20, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long chat about how to use 360-degree video to enhance your every day reporting. We’ll talk with four experts about tools, tips and best practices.

Search #SPJDigiChat on Twitter to join the conversation.

Meet the experts:

1.) BEN KREIMER  (@benkreimer)

As a journalism technologist, Ben Kreimer specializes in storytelling with drones, virtual reality, 360° video, 3D reconstructions, and open source hardware sensor platforms. He focuses on helping storytellers and mission-driven organizations leverage these emerging technologies for telling immersive stories and amplifying their work. Ben brought 360° video to BuzzFeed as the first fellow in their San Francisco based Open Lab, a media R&D space. He has co-produced many of BuzzFeed’s 360° videos, including their first, which has received over six million views. He is also an adviser for the Drone Journalism Lab and African skyCAM, and has worked with academic institutions and organizations including Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Times of India, CCTV Africa, VICE News, African Wildlife Foundation, SecondMuse, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project in Turkey.
2.) MIKE REILLEY  (@journtoolbox)
Mike works with MediaShift.org in business development and also works as a Google News Lab trainer, teaching cutting-edge skills to journalists throughout the U.S.
In 2015 and 2016, Mike was the director of digital production and professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He and his digital production students rebuilt, updated and produced multimedia, mobile stories and data visualizations for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. His group also built the Carnegie-Knight News21 Weed Rush and Nicaragua: Channeling the Future sites.
He taught several classes over 6 1/2 years at DePaul University, including Reporting for Converged Newsrooms, Online Journalism I, Online Journalism II, Mobile Journalism, News Editing and Multiplatform News Editing. In winter 2011, he launched The Red Line Project with students in his Online Journalism II class. The site won many national and regional awards — including honors from ONA and Editor & Publisher — in its 4 1/2 years.
He also served as founder and faculty adviser the SPJ/ONA DePaul student organization. The group was named the 2013 and 2011 SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year, Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year and was DePaul University’s 2012 Outstanding Student Organization. Reilley was named DePaul’s Outstanding Faculty Adviser in 2012 and won SPJ’s David Eshelman Award for Outstanding Campus Adviser in 2013.
Mike is a former reporter and copy editor at the Los Angeles Times and was one of the founding editors of ChicagoTribune.com. He’s a former news editor at WashingtonPost.com and ran the 2000 Summer Olympics copy desk for AOL. Mike also founded the journalism research site, The Journalist’s Toolbox , that he sold to the Society of Professional Journalists in 2007 and continues to update for SPJ. He also blogged about the Chicago Bear for two seasons on the NFL Blog Blitz  site.
3.) LAKSHMI SARAH  AND MELISSA BOSWORTH (@TnyWrld)
Lakshmi Sarah is a multimedia journalist with a focus on South Asia, identity and the arts. Over the past few years she has worked with newspapers, radio and magazines from Gaborone, Botswana to Los Angeles, California. She has written and produced for Mic, Global Voices, Al Jazeera Online, AJ+, KQED and Fusion. She co-founded Tiny World Productions to focus on immersive video content.
Melissa Bosworth is a multimedia journalist and 360 video producer. In her work as a reporter, features writer, digital producer and videographer she has covered energy, the environment, technology and policy across the Americas and in Europe. She is co-founder of Tiny World Productions.
4.) ROBERT HERNANDEZ  @webjournalist

Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, eXaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: Jovrnalism. He serves on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

Join the SPJ Digital Executive Board

We love having you as a member of SPJ Digital, and we want you to help us lead it!  Join the SPJ Digital executive board to make key decisions about the group’s future and our programs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPJ DIGITAL ELECTIONS:

  • NOMINATIONS: The deadline to announce your candidacy for one of the following positions is this Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.
  • You must submit a 200 word explanation of why you are running and what you will bring to the office you’re running for to SPJ Digital co-chairs  taylormirf@mac.com and omalley.beth@gmail.com.
  • You must be a member of SPJ to run for office.
  • VOTING: Ballots will be sent to all community members on on Monday, October 31st. Polls will close Friday, November 4th.

** All SPJ Digital executive board members are expected to participate in monthly conference calls and complete the tasks assigned to your position. Please feel free to contact Taylor Mirfendereski and Beth O’Malley if you have questions about joining the executive board.** 

OPEN SPJ DIGITAL POSITIONS

Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media:

  • Works with coordinators and oversees social media education strategy
  • Oversees and implements social strategy related to programming
  • Works with Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy on programming plans
  • Oversees Net Worked editorial operations (guest posts, columnists, etc)
  • Blogger at large – responsible for one blog post per month, more if desired

Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy:

  • Liaison to SPJ Community Coordinator, staff, board and members
  • Oversees Quill columnists with assistance from Community Coordinator
  • Oversees programming efforts with collaboration from executive
  • Works with Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media on programming plans
  • Oversees student reps to help expand student understanding of digital media at universities

Facebook Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Facebook page; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Twitter Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Twitter account; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest.
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Newsletter Editor:

  • Experience with design and/or creating a newsletter preferred.
  • Creates monthly email newsletter for SPJ Digital members.
  • Newsletter will be curated with community news, blog posts, programming updates and member spotlights.
  • Editor also contributes to NetWorked blog once per month, more if desired.
  • Sends out programming updates and specialty newsletters when appropriate.

Student Representative:

  • Assist Co-Chairs with student-specific programming ideas and execution.
  • Completes outreach to student chapters about SPJ Digital benefits.
  • Contributes to NetWorked blogs on student-centric topics.spj-digital

Tell people what you want, give rewards: Twitter chat about comments

Ahem. First lesson I’ve learned form this is that Storify doesn’t appear to have a whitelisted embed protocol for WordPress blogs.
So, to read the round-up of tweets from Tuesday’s #SPJDigichat about comments, head here.

And if you know how to make the Storify embed work on a WordPress blog, let me know … in the comments.

Chat about comments with the Coral Project

Some days, moderating comments at stltoday.com involves a few quick looks as I juggle other tasks. Other days, it involves more time as I wade through hundreds of comments on a controversial article (or just one about a hot-button topic), trying to decide if this one is an insult, or that one is too racist to remain on the site.

The Guardian recently published the results of a study of the 70 million comments on its site (since 2006), and I found the results fascinating. And also the “Which comment would you block?” quiz that showed comments and the thought process behind whether to block the comment or allow it.

I was also frustrated, because the study showed an ability to sort through, categorize and analyze comments in a way that I can’t do with the current comment system stltoday.com uses. Facebook’s comment plug-in has advantages in tapping a system that millions of people use and reducing the number of anonymous commenters. However, it also is limited in tracking commenters, noting why certain ones were blocked or tracking moderator’s actions.

The Coral Project is working to “fix” some of the issues with comments on news sites. As its about page says: “We are creating open-source tools and resources for publishers of all sizes to build better communities around their journalism.” A better community is exactly what I want for the comments on stltoday.com. How can journalists encourage conversation in comments, not insults?

On Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET, we’ll head to Twitter to ask Andrew Losowsky, the project lead for The Coral Project, why comments are important, how reporters can use comments and more. Check #spjdigichat to join in the conversation. If you have a question, tweet it with that hashtag, or email me at omalley.beth@gmail.com. I look forward to “seeing” you on Tuesday night!

Beth O’Malley is reader engagement editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and co-chair of SPJ Digital.

The views expressed in this blog post unless otherwise specified are that of the author’s, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SPJ Digital community, the board and staff of the Society of Professional Journalists, or its members.

STORIFY: SPJ Digital Chat ” When Worlds Collide”

SPJ Digital hosted its first Twitter chat on Oct. 21, 2015.

Click here for more. 

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Social media event in New York City

From Elle Toussi, our colleague in the International Community – emailed to us for interest for members in the New York City area:

Hello everyone!

Wanted to share an event for those of you in the NY area. There is a talk taking place with Sam Razi at Columbia University at the Pulitzer Hall Stabile Student Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

A quick bio about Sam:

Sam Razi is the founder of Iran News Now on Twitter and CEO of Pressimus Media Inc., a social live-publishing platform for journalists and news organizations. He will talk about how journalists can embrace new digital media platforms to establish themselves and gain an authoritative voice in their subject matter. He will discuss effective methodologies for using live-blogging through his own story of reporting during the 2009 Iranian Green Movement.

A link to the event:  https://events.columbia.edu/cal/event/showEventMore.rdo

Would love to hear feedback if anyone in the NYC area is able to attend.

Join the SPJ Digital Executive Board

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We love having you as a member of SPJ Digital, and we want you to help us lead it!  Join the SPJ Digital executive board to make key decisions about the group’s future and our programs.

The deadline to announce your candidacy for one of the following positions is this Friday, October 16, 2015. You must submit a 200 word explanation of why you are running and what you will bring to the office you’re running for to SPJ Digital co-chairs taylormirf@mac.com and brandibroxson@gmail.com. Ballots will open on Monday, October 26th and close Friday, November 6th.

Please feel free to contact Taylor and Brandi if you have questions about joining the executive board.

Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media:

  • Works with coordinators and oversees social media education strategy
  • Oversees and implements social strategy related to programming
  • Works with Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy on programming plans
  • Oversees Net Worked editorial operations (guest posts, columnists, etc)
  • Blogger at large – responsible for one blog post per month, more if desired

Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy:

  • Liaison to SPJ Community Coordinator, staff, board and members
  • Oversees Quill columnists with assistance from Community Coordinator
  • Oversees programming efforts with collaboration from executive
  • Works with Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media on programming plans
  • Oversees student reps to help expand student understanding of digital media at universities

Facebook Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Facebook page; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Twitter Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Twitter account; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest.
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Newsletter Editor:

  • Experience with design and/or creating a newsletter preferred.
  • Creates monthly email newsletter for SPJ Digital members.
  • Newsletter will be curated with community news, blog posts, programming updates and member spotlights.
  • Editor also contributes to NetWorked blog once per month, more if desired.
  • Sends out programming updates and specialty newsletters when appropriate.

Student Representative:

  • Assist Co-Chairs with student-specific programming ideas and execution.
  • Completes outreach to student chapters about SPJ Digital benefits.
  • Contributes to NetWorked blogs on student-centric topics.

Snapchat Discover Making Moves

Every reporter, every news company wants its products to be viewed by as many people as possible. Social media has made it easier for stories to be shared quicker and wider, and earlier this year Snapchat entered the news game with the Discover feature. Prior to Discover, Snapchat was a social media platform that couldn’t have been farther away from the news game — the purpose was the send funny pictures that lasted a maximum of 10 seconds.

CNN, Cosmopolitan, People, The Daily Mail, Vice, National Geographic, ESPN, Yahoo News, Food Network, Comedy Central and Warner Music were the original publishers to sign on. In the seven months since it was launched, iHeart Radio and Buzzfeed have been added, and Warner Music and Yahoo News have been removed. The simple addition and deletion of some publishers show that the app has gone through development and advancement, with the hopes of more success in the Discover feature. It has also been moved to the main story page, instead of hidden in a small button.

It is one thing for Snapchat to be showing interest in news and the desire to make the news feature more popular with its users, but outside publishers are also benefits from being in business with Snapchat. CNN, The Daily Mail and National Geographic have staff members that only work on Snapchat and Vox is looking to hire specific Snapchat staffers in order to get on the Discover feature.

Snapchat as a social media platform for news is unique because there is a specific audience that is being reached and that audience generally isn’t going to the app just for news. The publishers that are part of the Discover feature are tasked with creating content that will work on Snapchat, be of interest to young users and be visually appealing on a smartphone.

Snapchat’s advancement of the app and news organizations desire to be a part of its growth shows the trend of news heading going digital and the importance of social media. The news organizations that have decided to sign on have shown they are willing to worth with news trends and be ahead of the rest of the industry. Discover may not have reached the perfect formula for reaching the users it wants yet, but if more news organizations are willing to be a part of it, it success should only grow.

Taylor Barker, a member of the Ithaca College chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, is the student representative for SPJ Digital. Barker is also an editorial intern for The Miss Information. You can follow her on Twitter here.

The views expressed in this blog post are that of the author’s unless otherwise indicated, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SPJ Digital executive, the board and staff of the Society of Professional Journalists, or its members.

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