Every year, the Advanced Journalist Technology Project, an initiative of the Ifra Centre for Advanced News Operations, develops a list of the most useful technologies for networked, converged newsrooms: the best laptops, digital cameras, digital camcorders and mobile networking devices. Here's a look at the latest list.
When The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal published a front-page story Oct. 9 on an apartment complex condemned because of toxic mold, its Web site, delawareonline.com, also published a version in Spanish. Publishing versions in multiple languages online is a great idea for newspapers that have serve large multilingual populations -- and particularly in this case, since the apartment complex residents are mostly Hispanic and many don't speak English.
10 tips from Mark Bernstein. "Living sites are only as good as today?s update. If the words are dull, nobody will read them, and nobody will come back," he says. "If the words are wrong, people will be misled, disappointed, infuriated. If the words aren?t there, people will shake their heads and lament your untimely demise."
In a column for Editor & Publisher, Steve Outing suggests that newspapers give weblogs to all editorial staff. Then, in a piece for Poynter Online, he categorizes the types of blogs and offers news-specific suggestions of how weblogs can be implemented at news-related websites.
Honesty, transparency, and disclosure of who you are and who pays for you are among the things that help make news sites trustworthy to readers. Online news leaders list the factors that lend credibility to Web sites.
So you're standing in front of a room full of teen-agers staring at you expectantly, waiting for a pep talk about a job with long hours, lots of stress, and low pay. Or maybe the fresh-faced journos in charge of your school newspaper are looking for tips and inspiration. Either way, the Internet has help. Here are some online resources to help nurture those young minds.