Posts Tagged ‘Beth O’Malley’

Required reading

Between my email and Pocket, I am swamped with links to articles I mean to read — eventually.

Then there are the tweets that I need to monitor, Facebook messages to check, article comments to moderate and a variety of tasks that I need to do for the job that pays my bills.

And that’s not even considering the tweets, Facebook posts, Instagrams, Tumblr posts and Feedly feed to keep up with for my personal interests (how big is the Venn diagram overlap between work and personal? I’m not even sure anymore).

This isn’t just my problem. How do you untangle reading for work and for pleasure? How do you keep up on the ceaseless flow of changes to social media platforms, best practices and things that are just fascinating to read?

What I try to do includes:

  • Subscribing to email newsletters. Yes, sometimes they pile up in my inbox, but when I have time I’ll go through, triage the links and save some to Pocket, open others in tabs to be read sooner and then delete the email. (Quick shout out, by no means comprehensive: Melody Kramer, MediaREDEF, MediaShift, American Press Institute’s Need to Know.) And yes, these often pile up until I find a few minutes to go through them. And sometimes delete the older ones.
  • Using IFTT, I can “favorite” a tweet and automatically send the link in it to my Pocket – a single clicks saves me time, and I don’t have to worry about scouring my feed later for that elusive link that sounded interesting. As I read I take notes the old-fashioned way – pen and notebooks.
  • Tweetdeck columns and Twitter lists are essential to me, now that I have them set up. The time investment in creating and curating a Twitter list pays off when I can see at a glance what those on the list are saying.
  • Belong to Facebook groups of other journalists in social media. It’s nice to see others struggle with issues that identify with. Not in a schadenfreude way, but in a “I’m not alone in this!” way. And others solutions often help me solve problems I’ve encountered.

What systems do you have in place to keep up with information?

Beth O’Malley is the SPJ Digital Twitter moderator, and works as an online content coordinator with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Email her at or contact on Twitter at @PDBeth.

The views expressed in this blog post are that of the author’s, 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.

Some forthcoming changes to SPJ Digital

spjdigitalSPJ Digital has been making significant progress since the new officer terms began on Feb. 1. We have made more resources available and expanded work on our current resources, as well as grown in members. But while we celebrate our achievements, we also look ahead, especially towards the Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando in September.

On March 9, I notified SPJ President Dana Neuts, as well as my colleagues on the executive, of my intentions to resign as chairman of SPJ Digital. With my resignation, I introduced a resolution that would change how the role of the Chair worked, creating two Co-Chair positions, one overseeing overall programming and strategy, the other overseeing our social media efforts and interactive elements of events and programming.

I recommended Taylor Mirferendeski, Head of Programming, and Brandi Broxson, our Google+ and LinkedIn Coordinator, to take these positions upon approval. This was done to ensure there would be a smooth transition, and the major work of SPJ Digital would in no way be disrupted. That resolution was approved by the executive on March 13, and since that time the new executive has been preparing to complete the transition.

The new executive, composed of Mirferendeski, Broxson, Facebook Coordinator Michelle Sandlin, Twitter Coordinator Beth O’Malley and Google+ and LinkedIn coordinator Bethany Bella, began work this week. Soon, Brandi and Taylor will be utilizing this and other platforms to outline what they have in store for SPJ Digital from now through EIJ.

I thank President Neuts, her colleagues on the SPJ Board, as well as SPJ staff at the Indianapolis headquarters for their support during my time as chair. I also thank the executive who takes over. I believe they are some of the best and brightest members of the SPJ, and I know SPJ Digital is in good hands. I also want to thank the members of SPJ Digital, as well as you, the Net Worked reader, for supporting SPJ Digital during my time as chairman.

I may be resigning as Chair, but I am not completely exiting the SPJ. I am to remain Community Coordinator, assisting President Neuts in overseeing SPJ Digital and our network of communities. I will also continue to blog on the pages of Net Worked, focusing particularly on social media’s role in journalism.

With these roles, I hope to continue SPJ Digital’s mission of education, as well as help the SPJ preserve and protect journalism for this generation and the next. I believe that education can help build a better journalism community, and I am excited at the ability to continue to do so, to help digital journalism thrive, and to make journalism better for all.

I am excited at what is to come, and I know the future looks bright for SPJ Digital, and indeed SPJ as a whole. I hope you will join me as we continue our crucial mission.

Alex Veeneman, a Chicago based SPJ member and founder of SPJ Digital, blogs on social media’s role in journalism for Net Worked, and serves as Community Coordinator for SPJ. Veeneman also is Deputy Editor, Media Editor and a writer for Kettle Magazine, an online publication in the UK. You can interact with Veeneman on Twitter here.

Introducing the new SPJ Digital executive

Elections for the SPJ Digital and SPJ Freelance communities concluded January 22, and results were announced Monday. Following appointments for positions including Editor, Programming (which was a position available for candidates but no declared candidates were available), the executive is as follows.

Chair and Net Worked blog managing editor: Alex Veeneman
Editor, Programming: Taylor Mirferendeski
Facebook Coordinator: Michelle Sandlin
Twitter Coordinator: Beth O’Malley
Google+ and LinkedIn Coordinator: Brandi Broxson

In addition, SPJ Digital is supported by two student representatives, Bethany Bella of Ohio University and Taylor Barker of Ithaca College in New York, both leaders in their respective SPJ chapters.

The executives’ terms begin Feb. 1 and expire at the conclusion of EIJ15. The student volunteers are independent of the election process and are appointed by the Chair.

Queries can be directed to Veeneman by email.


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