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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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Should I steer my son away from a journalism career?

If my son is really interested in an information dissemination career, I’d encourage him to strike off on his own. Create his own information channel. Disregard the rules the legacy media has arbitrarily set. If he does, I think he’ll be far more successful and fulfilled.

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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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Ego surfing should encourage us to create positive content, not beer pong pics

I told a group of students concerned potential employers would find Facebook pictures of them playing beer pong when they google their names that they need to manage their image. The best way to do that online is create positive content. Start a blog, I told them. Write every day. Generate traffic for it by linking to others and commenting on sites they follow. If they’re smart, they’ll ensure a Google search for their name pulls up enough positive content that the bad stuff falls by the wayside.

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iPad magazines should connect, not strand us

Even as I struggle to keep up with all my social media accounts, I know what Khoi Vihn is saying about iPad magazines is true. The power of the Web and Web-enabled devices such as the iPad isn’t in distributing content. It’s in connecting us to each other. Our idea to create a class that teaches online publishing isn’t a bad one. We just need to make sure that it’s not about creating a publication first, and a community second. It should be about delivering news in the ways people want it and the ways that allow them to bond with it and each other.

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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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Brian Williams must recognize citizen journalism to connect

I don’t want to see Brian Williams saying the pros no longer have jobs. I just want to see him give the audience a bit more credit. He seems to get other aspects of the new journalism, such as when he encouraged his audience to DVR his newscasts or when he made appearances on SNL and 30 Rock.

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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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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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