Following trends in digital journalism, some links…

We should all be following a few sites daily to keep up with trends in digital and social media, especially as it pertains to the field of journalism:

Start to form this one good career habit now: spend at least one hour a week reviewing what’s new in digital, social and mobile media trends.

Even better, spend 15 minutes everyday.

Here are a few links to get you started. Some have newsletters and alerts that you can sign up for to help get you forming this new habit:

Mashable is a British-American news website, technology and social media blog founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005.

A project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, the  Nieman Journalism Lab calls itself an -attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.

And this article out of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism has numerous links to numerous  multimedia story sites, and many other resources.

This Interactive Narratives blog has some great links to multimedia journalism.



Success stories in digital journalism

Today in Tabs is a daily e-newsletter recently  bought by Newsweek (

Today in Tabs is a daily e-newsletter recently bought by Newsweek (

These days it’ snot hard to become an internet sensation. Case in point, an unknown computer programmer recently  had his daily email newsletter bought by Newsweek.

There are a few take-aways from the Neiman Lab article about Rusty Foster, the man behind “Today In Tabs”.

First of all, anyone can start their own e-newsletter though a new application called TinyLetter.

Secondly, writing is still in and email is making a comeback.

Finally, community continues to be the buzzword in digital journalism.

Using Polldaddy to create a social media poll

So I tested Pollsnack to day to see if I could embed a poll here.

No luck, but then I realized that this blog has a built-in option to build polls using PollDaddy

Writing Good Headlines

Headline writing for the web

Some of the most important words a journalist will write for the web are the headline. A headline has always been very important for print media. It is vitally important for the web. Because headlines appear in lists as links rather than with the body of the story, they are the reader’s first introduction to a story. If they do not sell the reader immediately, the reader is unlikely to click on the link to go to the story. Read the rest of this entry

Rules to live by in the digital information age

This first infographic contains the rules that Set F came up with:

Set F Golden Rules

And this one contains what Set E came up with:

Set E infographic

As you can see, the sentences got shuffled around – so it’s not completely sensical, but you get the idea.

In case you’re interested, I built this “wordcloud” using a free online application called Wordle.

If you want to see the original words and sentences that your groups came up with, here they are:

SET F Golden Rules

Set E Golden Rules