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Premier of Scripps London 2012 mini documentary tomorrow

After I took 15 students to the Olympics in the summer of 2012, I interviewed a few of them hoping to put together a short video about their experience. I wanted to showcase the awesome work they did and celebrate their achievements. It has been almost 18 months since we got home, but I finally […]

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#JCARN: Maintain reporter’s presence in online video

#JCARN: Maintain reporter’s presence in online video

I can’t say I know what the future holds for online video. I can say I definitely think video will always play a role in online news. In fact, I think reporters should look to use it more to establish themselves as expert sources on which audiences can rely. If YouTube has taught me anything it’s that you don’t have to be the most polished presenter with the highest production values. You just have to have compelling content. The more I play with it, the more I realize that online video can be some of the most compelling and most credible information available.

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Wordless Weekend: Photo essay, old logos, the real OU

On this Wordless Weekend, I present three screen captures from TV news that suggest ESPN and 48 Hours need to review their photo policies, because ESPN has old logos, and CBS doesn’t understand what goes into a photo essay. A bunch of pictures of a porn star do not count.

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WOUB panel ‘pros’ should ask ‘amateurs’ for new media tips

Veteran journalist Martin Savidge admits that media professionals don’t know how to use social media, so with this post I’d like to introduce him and the other participants in WOUB’s NewsWatch InDepth panel to people like Scott Johnson.

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300 Words, One in 8 Million exemplify power in brevity

I’m glad to see the New York Times pick up the personal profile torch and carry to the next generation. The One in 8 Million interactive piece has been profiling New Yorkers since at least 2009.A student reminded me of a fantastic St. Petersburg Times project, and I couldn’t help but make the link to an ongoing New York Times multimedia effort. What both pieces demonstrate is that in the online landscape, a few words and images can make a huge difference.

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Cannibalization: Can newspapers and the Web coexist?

This was supposed to be a short post. My goal was to drive some traffic to the introductory video I put together when I came to Ohio University last fall. But as I watched it again to make sure everything worked, I couldn’t up but think about the question it poses and how it relates to the current media environment. Does a newspaper’s Web site steal audience from its printed counterpart?

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Post’s insight into terror suspect drawn from online posts

I highlight this story, not just because it’s the most read and e-mailed on the Post Web site today. I really hope the success of this story makes journalists more aware of what’s going on online. I hope it helps them see that real conversations occur online, not just ones between people pretending to be someone else. Journalists need to focus on true, verifiable information, but this doesn’t not preclude posts from Facebook and discussion boards. Journalists also should not just turn to the Web when the suspect is high profile. In fact, I’m going to talk to my students about turning to the Web for almost all of their sources. A Web search won’t replace a good, face-to-face interview, but it can provide context and background when information isn’t readily available.

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News can learn from WoW, but not TMZ

News organizations should have learned long ago that people will pay for interactivity. Games like World of Warcraft have clearly established that fact. Instead, they were reprinting rumors and innuendo from sources like TMZ and lost sight of the mission of journalism.

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New orgs pay attention! Nike does multimedia right

This is what multimedia journalism needs to do, and now is the time for it. In that final, students gave presentations on the process behind their stories. Over and over again, they mentioned that people just don’t know what’s going on around them. Many of their projects started out as diatribes but ended up as simple educational pieces. This is what good journalism does, I emphasized. It informs people, and sometimes, simply informing them will make people start caring.

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Sick Day rants: Lowe’s, PBS, and Blip.fm

I was home tending to a sick wife and sick children. But I still could have snuck away for 30 minutes to post because I had a lot of time to think sitting on the couch watching hours of PBS Kids. My thoughts included adapting PBS’s underwriting model to news, revamping Lowes.com to create community and using Blip.fm over Pandora.

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