Online News and Convergence Tips

Deliver the News with Integrated Technology

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Integrating all technology available -? including e-mail alerts, updates on the Web and a presence on television ?- serves the public, beats some competition and improves the overall quality of reporting. If you haven?t integrated your newsroom yet, here are some tips from The American Press Institute on what you can do without spending a dime.

Tip: Reader Photo Gallery Cautions

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In his latest Editor & Publisher column, Steve Outing comments on some of the recent reader photo galleries published online that have been highlighted on, among other places. He points out that photo editors need to be very careful not to publish photographs that have been faked or modified by tools like photoshop, and passes on some good advice from National Press Photographers Association president Michael Scherer: Learn about the photographer and their experience; require raw files, which are easier to analyze; ask for the images taken immediately before and after the shot you may publish, which could give clues to authenticity.

'We Media' and Interview Voyeurism

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Thanks to the Internet, Journalism is becoming less of a one-way street from reporters to readers and more of a dialogue. Two recent journalism review articles explore this phenomenon. "We Media augments traditional methods with new and yet-to-be invented collaboration tools ranging from e-mail to Web logs to digital video to peer-to-peer systems," writes Dan Gillmor in the Columbia Journalism Review. "But it boils down to something simple: our readers collectively know more than we do, and they don?t have to settle for half-baked coverage when they can come into the kitchen themselves." Meanwhile, in the American Journalism Review Barb Palser talks about writers posting complete interviews online and writes, "We are learning that people often are as interested in the ingredients of a news...

20 tips to improve newsroom integration

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Here are tips on how to enhance working relationships between online and print newsrooms, summarized from the CONNECTIONS session, "The NEW News Team," by moderator Bill Mitchell, online editor of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the help of panelists Fred Mann, general manager of, Kris Hey, senior producer for news at, and Mark Swendra, digital media director of the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News' SavannahNow. (more…)

Why Stories Should be Time-Stamped

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Two days after the shuttle crashed, old, misleading versions of wire stories published just beforehand remained on various news Web sites, with leads like, "Space shuttle Columbia streaked toward a Florida touchdown Saturday to end a successful 16-day scientific research mission that included the first Israeli astronaut." Sites should strive to remove these, but pages published in cyberspace always have the potential to live on forever. This is a great example of why it's important for reporters to couch stories with phrases like "expected to" even when something seems certain to happen. And it's also a good argument for sites to time stamp all published articles.

Posting Transcripts Online: Go for it!

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Last fall reported on Sheila Lennon, a J-blogger for The Providence Journal, posting the complete transcript of an interview with The New York Times' David F. Gallagher, who reduced it to one paragraph for his story. Now J.D. Lasica has done a similar thing from the writer's end, posting the complete transcripts of interviews he conducted for an article he write for the Online Journalism Review on RSS feeds, because he didn't have room to include all of them. News sites will post complete interview transcripts from time to time, but, in an explanation in his New Media Musings Weblog, Lasica speculates more "journalists don't do this because (a) it's a hell of a lot of work, and (b) it could call into question the decision-making process on which quotes the writer select...

5 Elements of Digital Storytelling

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Institute for New Media Studies' director Nora Paul and doctoral candidate Christina Fiebich have created a framework for digital storytelling analysis: relationship, action, context, media and communication. This site defines these areas and lists examples and related research. Students and practictioners of digital storytelling will find this an interesting resource, particularly coupled with's Great Work Gallery.

Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes

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Web sites continue to come up with ways to annoy users. Design guru Jakob Nielsen lists 10 "design mistakes that were particularly good at punishing users and costing site owners business in 2002." Among his top no-nos: Horizontal scrolling; fixed font size; JavaScript in links; long URLs; mailto links in unexpected locations; and large blocks of text.