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Using Storify to remember Bin Laden’s historic death

Like so many people, I turned to social media last night when I learned the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden. Frankly, I learned more from my friends tweets, retweets, photos, and posts than I did watching an hour of NBC’s coverage. I used Storify to create a record of a historic event that I didn’t ever want to forget.

By no means is this comprehensive. It represents only the messages that came under my radar, but I’m excited about the possibilities Storify presents, and what a service such as this means for traditional reporting. This could be one way to create collaboration between reporters and audiences through the application of journalistic principles, while also preserving the audience’s voice.

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#JCARN: Journalism innovation needs direction, not desperation

Knight and Reynolds are in unique positions to drive innovation. Their focus on journalism as central to a democracy will ensure that whatever innovations they sponsor will serve communities. But they must go beyond simply funding projects. They need to drive innovation by drawing upon their vast experience and resources to suggest the course innovation will take.

I learned this lesson the hard way as an educator. It’s not enough for me to hand my students a toolbox without telling them what I expect them to build.

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Newspapers, magazines should realize it’s worth it to subscribe through iTunes

What would news organizations give for a system that would handle subscriptions for them effortlessly? Is it worth 30 % of revenue?
That’s what Apple seems to be asking right now from big media house such as Time Inc. who want to sell iPad magazine subscriptions. I admit I don’t know all the details. I also understand the need to access and mine subscriber data. I know Apple can be a control freak that isn’t willing to compromise.
But I still have to ask if publishers shouldn’t be willing to give a little to get something invaluable.

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Hyperdock: Make OSX act like Windows 7 for one reason only

I’m not going to stupidly claim Hyperdock was my idea. I wanted to make it my second freeware suggestion for journalists because I love it. I think German developer Christian Baumgart addressed the one glaring issue in Snow Leopard. Before installing Hyperdock, I had a hard time finding open windows, even when using Spaces. In fact, I think Spaces makes the problem worse sometimes.

Now, all I have to do is mouse over an application on my dock to see all windows associated with that application. I can scroll through them and click to find the one I want.

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Hesperia Star: Follow your dreams

When Peter Day and Beau Yarbrough of the Hesperia Star addressed my J314: Online Journalism class last May, they were frank in explaining how they just tried online and social media tools to see if they’d work, and worried about the consequences later. We all laughed when they said they’d get chastised for using Twitter one week and then corporate encouraged them to do the exact thing that got them in trouble the next.

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Mac freeware for journalists: Google Voice lets you chuck the rolodex

At first glance, I thought GoogleVoice was Google’s way to steal someone’s good idea. Unlike GoogleWave, however, Voice is useful, unobtrusive, and perfect for people like me who think the Web’s the best Rolodex. Whenever I want to make a call now, I just Google the person and click on the blue phone number that appears. I even Googled my own house the other day.

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Remember you’re human before watching someone’s online gaffe

Instead of watching someone slip up and saying, “I’m glad that wasn’t me,” maybe we should be saying, “You know, that could have been me. Maybe I’ll cut this person some slack.”

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Don’t cry for newspaper box scores; They’re better online

I understand why Tim Kurkjian’s sad he’ll no longer be clipping box scores from the newspaper. What I don’t understand is why he’s lamenting their death when he has access to so much better statistical information online. In fact, ESPN proves that people still want box scores. They just want them in way that’s easier to read and use, and that’s why they’re heading online.

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Joining @wilw’s Twitter joke recharges my Internet teaching ability

Too often I think my knowledge of social media, Web building, and online culture is academic … (but) I’m never going to gain online experience unless I take a chance. On the Internet, you’ve got to be willing to put yourself out there, maybe giving up a bit or privacy or risking a bit of credibility in the process.

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Facebook bridges gap until you can bring Hatch Family Chocolates home

It just goes to show you that you can’t get to know someone from TV, and you can’t celebrate a birthday with virtual chocolates. I can’t wait until I get home tomorrow so we can eat the 12-pack I bought.

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