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sneaky social networks

Entry by Joy Bacon

Sorry this is a little later than planned, finals happen. For those of you who missed it, I presented last week some helpful sites and resources to make the best out of the Internet for reporting and information-gathering purposes.

1. Twitter sites: has some great ways to embrace the new world of journalism. Check out parts 1 and 2 of their information about tons of resources for Twitter.

-An interesting way to rate your own use of Twitter: My grade? 62. I’m working on improving this number. The site also grades your Facebook page or Web site.

2. Internet reporting

This is a really interesting example of how some news sites have used the Internet to track and cover Swine Flu. Here’s more about it from Poynter.

Another interesting term I came across in several places was the idea of creating an “electronic beat” for yourself as a reporter. This would consist of Google Alerts, RSS feeds, and other daily sites or information aggregates you would check at least daily for updates, stories, or just to follow the latest trends about a specific topic. Most sites recommended a list of 6-10 sources per beat.


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Graphic notes from Jesse Pierpoint

Design elements

Entry by Yong Kim.

Simple, usable, create hierarchy, consistent

TYPE: font, size, styling, color, css
IMAGE: icon, headers, logos, background, elements, textures, buttons
MULTIMEDIA: Size, content, usable, relevant


To great graphics for news (like an infographic map)
Create a vector image: anything made in Adobe Illustrator. Vector images’ qualities do not decrease when resized. Creating or finding a JPG does not work.

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From the education side

Entry by Joy Bacon

I ran across this article from Inside Higher Ed about Columbia University’s changing journalism program, and its impact on Journalism programs nationwide. It’s an interesting read, with a lot of valuable links.

Keeping J-School Relevant

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Photo basics

Entry by Derek Casanovas

If you’re looking for places to learn about photography, check out these links:


Mastering Multimedia

A photo a day

Mercury News Photo

Also, remember the “triad” of photos that we talked about:

ISO – sensitivity of sensor to lighten exposure in shots, increase shutter speed if necessary — common ISO: 100, 200, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1200, 1600

Shutter speed – the unit of measurement which determines the length the shutter is open as the picture clicks — common speeds: 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000 — each is half of the previous speed

Aperture (f-stop) – a measurement that indicates to what degree the lens opens and closes, and thus determines how much of your shot is in focus; controls the amount of light that enters the lens — common f-stops: 2.8, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5.6, 6.3

Again, here’s a good place to start on the basics of photography. And, check out some of our students’ work on the Multimedia subpage on

For good ideas, check out Kirk Hirota’s, The Whitworthian’s photo advisor, Web site, and former Whitworthian shooter/photo editor Nate Chute’s page.

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student work

Entry by Joy Bacon

The finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) pacemakers were announced today for the online division of the contest. The pacemaker award is regarded among student journalists as one of the most prestigious awards you can receive.

As a moment of gloating, The Whitworthian was chosen as a finalist in the 4-year non-daily affiliated division.

But beyond that, the other sites that made the cut have some outstanding design, multimedia, and overall quality. Check out the link to the full list here.

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a shrinking press corps

Entry by Joy Bacon

An interesting article from the Washington Post about the role of bloggers as news outlets shrink their reporting bases:

Bloggers Can’t fill the Gap left by shrinking press corps, by Marc Fisher

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tweet tweet

Entry by Joy Bacon

An interesting set of posts on Howard Kurtz’ Media Notes blog, hosted by the Washington Post:

Anchors Oblige Public’s Craving for Tweets (Feb. 23)

A Bunch of Twits? (Feb. 24)

Also of interest is that the second of these two posts is four pages long, which typically is way longer than most people would recommend for a news story, let alone a blog. Does this mean that people reading about the media have longer attention spans than people reading about the red carpet fashion at the Oscars?

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