PUNCTUATION USED TO SHOW EMPHASIS — A BREAK IN THOUGHT — AND A BLOG BY EMILY HAGEDORN

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Filling my online toolbox

In AppMakr, apps, blogs, Facebook, Feed My Inbox, Google Voice, iPhone, journalism, Many Eyes, music, News.me, photography, reporting, research, RSS feeds, Skype, social media, technology, tools on June 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

Fact: I keep coming across Web and smartphone tools that I’m interested in but forget about shortly after hearing about them.

Fact: When I need a tool, I come up shorthanded.

Fact: I love lists.

So to help me remember all the tools at my disposal, I’ve started a “Tools I Love” list on this site. You can find it above under “dash.” Read the rest of this entry »

Five tools that make my job easier

In Android, AppMakr, apps, branding, Facebook, Feed My Inbox, iPhone, journalism, Many Eyes, News.me, programming, reporting, research, RSS feeds, social media, technology, tools, Twitter on January 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

It feels like everyday I come across a new “must-have journalism tool” to add to my ever-growing collection.

The challenge, though, is separating the tools that deserve the time from those that just suck time away.

The following are some that I’ve found worth the investment.

A few are relatively new to the scene, while others are oldies-but-goodies.

They help me make better use of Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds and help me create smart-phone apps and data visualizations — not too shabby for a programming neophyte.

Let me know about some of your must-haves, and I’ll hopefully get some more to add to my list. Read the rest of this entry »

Story ideas with a scone and coffee

In blogs, branding, journalism, reporting, social media, Twitter on September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

In early August, I wrote about California Watch’s Open Newsroom project, in which its reporters spread out around the state and set up shop in wifi-enabled coffeehouses.

The purpose was to mingle with readers, gathering story ideas while promoting California Watch at the same time.

I wanted to do something similar on my new beat covering Oldham County at the Louisville Courier-Journal and am happy to report that earlier this month I did.

The Courier-Journal dubbed the event “C-J on the Go,” and along with promoting the fact that I would be sitting around a coffeehouse for five hours in the newspaper and on my blog, we shot a promotional video, the link to which is happily no longer available online — being on video is not my favorite thing to do — and set up a live blog for me to update throughout the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Ira Glass shows tough love along with other lessons from NPR

In Fresh Air, Ira Glass, journalism, literature, National Public Radio, radio, Radiolab, reporting, storytelling, This American Life, Tom Wolfe, YouTube on August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

I recently came across reporting advice in three of National Public Radio’s most popular shows.

Some of these episodes and clips may not be the most recent; I came across them serendipitously.

But they are definitely gems.

The first was This American Life‘s “Make Radio” page, which includes links to tips on reporting from some of the shows’ best contributors.

It also leads readers to Transom.org, which is “a showcase and workshop for new public radio.”

Unfortunately, some of the links on TAL’s page don’t work anymore, including videos of the man himself, Ira Glass, passing down his wisdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Voice helps me look like a local

In apps, blogs, Google Voice, journalism, reporting, social media, technology on August 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

Google Voice is my new, impressive, close acquaintance who is on the way to becoming a great friend.

I signed up for Google Voice last week, and really started exploring it today. And so far, I like.

(I know I’m probably a little late to the game on this, but I figure that since I didn’t understand all the ins and outs of this until now, there are probably others who still don’t as well.)

Google Voice is free for the most part and allows you to forward calls to any number of phones using a number provided by Google.

I was initially intrigued for these reasons:

  • My cell phone number is long distance from where I now live. Having a local number makes it easier for sources with land lines to call me, reiterates that I’m local and beats carrying around two phones or changing the number I’ve had for close to 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting readers outside the newsroom — a novel idea

In blogs, branding, Facebook, Google+, journalism, reporting, social media, technology, Twitter on August 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I suppose it’s a little insulting that this strikes me and others, including the Nieman Journalism Lab, as innovative.

Going to where the readers are, making yourself available for coffee — groundbreaking to be sure.

But, really, I’m quite taken with this.

Earlier this week, California Watch, an initiative of the nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting, had its reporters spread out around the state — and even beyond — and set up shop in wifi-enabled coffeehouses.

They call it Open Newsroom, and this most recent one was its fourth to date. The idea is that reporters mingle with readers, gathering story ideas while promoting California Watch at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

The local Twitterrati offer tips to gain influence

In branding, journalism, Kentucky, Lexington, reporting, social media, technology, Twitter on August 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I spent the last week learning about the people behind the tweets I see pop up on my local Twitter feed.

I had set out to find the biggest tweeters in Lexington, Ky., and with the help of Twitter Grader, I found out that a local social media consultant outranks the much beloved and worshipped University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach, or rather the Twitter profile that bears his name — someone else actually tweets for him.

A self-proclaimed iPhone hacker came in at No. 3, and in fourth place was a local sports commentator who is equally loved by Wildcat fans as he is hated by fans of all other schools in Kentucky.

And along with coming away with a great story, I’ve learned more about Twitter, how to write about it and how to be better at it.  Read the rest of this entry »

My what-what guide to using social media

In blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, journalism, reporting, social media, technology, Tumblr, Twitter on August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Lately I’ve really attempted to try everything I can get my fingertips on the keyboard for regarding social media.

And I’m overwhelmed.

In other words, my status update for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ would be, “I have so many ways 2 share my thoughts that they’re rendering me speechless. Approaching social media overload. Brain is exploding. (X_X).”

Just under 140 characters of course.

I really had this feeling when I was starting a Tumblr account the other night. I kept wondering what the heck am I going to use this for. I get that Tumblr posts are longer than tweets and shorter than Facebook updates but … still. Read the rest of this entry »