I just had a chance to speak to a group attending the Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans and Society for News Design in St. Louis… This has given me a chance to speak to journalists who I don’t get to speak to as often. Focusing on helping mid-career journalists think about work and life experiences is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.
That’s why I loved have a chance to talk about how to take your mid-career life into a more multimedia experience. I talked about how you have to change your mindset, play and connect to promote your work. I realize that sounds easier than you think… but guess what? It really is that easy. If you play, you learn. That’s exactly how I got to where I am in my career.
Beyond what I had to say, I want to share a list of links of tools that I think are really helpful:
delicious.com – save all of those links you don’t want to lose and tag them with searchable terms
bit.ly – make a shorter link for something you want to share and get instant analytics that show who clicked on it
Mobile Reporting Tools: RJI 2010-11 fellow Will Sullivan and a team of students analyzed all kinds of mobile tools and listed them based on the type of phone. I HIGHLY recommend you play with all of the available tools you can with the phone you own.
Also, check out A New Guide: A team of my students recently interviewed journalists across the country to come up with some best practices for journalists using social media.
Some journalists in New Orleans asked me to share some tutorials about Twitter. I really like the guide Twitter put together for journalists. I also like Mashable’s Twitter guide and its Facebook guide to help you think about the potential of those tools. I’m also writing a series of tips on Google+ for the MediaShift blog. You can see my first post here.
Here’s a look at my presentation… I hope our conversation from the presentation can continue here and on Twitter (using the #jentalk, #eij11career and #sndstlcareer hashtag).