Read All About It: Some interesting links

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iPhone - a useful device for journalists (Photo credit: William Hook via Flickr)

I picked up some good tips from Poynter’s live chat on using an iPhone as your sole reporting device. senior multimedia producer Jim Seida, who has used the iPhone as his only reporting device, answered questions and gave excellent advice. You can read back through the questions and answers here.

With an election on the cards soon in Ireland, this article from the Columbia Journalism Review of US Midterm election coverage is well worth reading for tips. It looks at the coverage by smaller circulation papers’ (however these are still substantial publications like the San Jose Mercury News and The Dallas Morning News).

Finally, Adam Westbrook is very generously giving two chapters of his book ‘Next Generation Journalist: 10 New Ways to Make Money as a Journalist’ away for free via his website. It has some good tips on creating an online portfolio and setting up a personal website.

By the way, you can find me on Twitter.

That’s it for now,


Read All About It – some links and news (23 July 2010)

First up, a rather wonderful guide to digital storytelling, which is designed for educators. However journalists with little exposure to these types of skills could benefit greatly from it. The guide is compiled by Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano – I found it via Twitter but cannot find the original Twitter link!

Next, a fine round-up of relatively inexpensive multimedia equipment from Adam Westbrook. Great for those starting out or adding to their repertoire.

Hyperlocal alert! Will Perrin has a very nice slideshow, which provides an action plan for free and effective local journalism based on local authority data. Pay particular attention to the final slide (slide 18).

Excellent post from Advancing the Story called the ’10 laws of multimedia’. Quick, relevant and to the point. A must read.

There has been plenty of discussion about this article in the New York Times on reporter burnout – but here’s the link just in case you missed it.

Finally an amusing link from 10,000 words on journalists learning programming skills.

Festival bound with Clockwork Noise, have a good weekend,

Polis & BBC Value of Journalism Conference

I’m heading to London on Friday for a conference on the value of journalism organised by Polis and the BBC College of Journalism.

The one-day events coincides with the publication of a new paper from Polis and the London School of Economics – ‘The Value of Networked Journalism’.

According to the organisers, the event will examine the following questions:

– What can new forms of journalism offer the digital society?

– Can blogging, social media and mobile deliver quality, accuracy and universal access?

– What impact will this have on politics and political reporting?

– How will journalism be funded?
It’s a great schedule with some excellent speakers and panelists. In particular I’m looking forward to hearing Janine Gibson (Guardian News & Media), Peter Horrocks (BBC) and Adam Westbrook.
Hoping to tweet on Friday and I’ll post some notes over the weekend … and maybe a video or two. You can follow the event live via the #voj10 hashtag.
Anyone else going? If so, tweet me!