We’re back from Spring Break here, and I’m hitting the ground running. This Wednesday, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on “The Future of Journalism” here at EIU, joined by the Journerdist himself, Will Sullivan, along with John Foreman, publisher of the News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana, Ill. and Nancy Foreman, executive producer at WCIA-TV3 in Champaign. Jeff Lynch, interim dean of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities will moderate. Should be an interesting event, and I’ll post audio or video once it’s over.
Then, this weekend, I’ll be assisting with the APME/MPI NewsTrain workshop in Arlington Heights, Ill. (details here) The faculty is pretty impressive. Mark Briggs will be there, as will Derek Willis, whom I’ve interviewed, but never met in person. I hope to have some short videos available from that workshop as well.
Meanwhile, here are some random links to start the day off right.
The After Life: A view from the field: Stephanie Makosky, a recent graduate of the S.I. Newhouse school, on the Newshouse blog about some of the things she’s learned in her time on the job. It’s worth a read. She has some solid advice, including this: “One of my biggest bits of advice is that if you’re a writer, pick up a camera. If you’re a photographer, try writing. Try all aspects of a newsroom. It will give you more respect and appreciation for your co-workers. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to do something outside of your job description.”
21 examples of Flash journalism: Mindy McAdams rounds up some examples of the various ways Flash interactives can be used to illustrate the news, starting with the most basic and working up to the most difficult.
NC State Technician: “The Paper Needs Your Help”: Not specifically online-related, but Dan Reimold covers the shaky status of the Technician as staff levels are depleted and no one has stepped forward to apply for the Editor-in-Chief position for next year. A sad story for college journalism, and one that I hope works out for the best.
How the Backchannel Has Changed The Game for Conference Panelists: Jay Rosen talks about his panel at the recent SXSW (South by Southwest) conference, and how Twitter and instant commentary from the audience can make a panel better. Steve Outing noticed this too after his keynote speech in Austin at CMA in October. And Steve Buttry deftly managed to weave Tweeted topics into a panel discussion at an earlier MPI workshop this year.a
Anonymity or identity:Which is the best way to handle comments?: Speaking of Buttry, he’s in a new job as Director for Community Engagement at Albritton Communications, and he recently posted this piece about comments. He asks some questions, poses some solutions that are worth your while, whichever side of this particular fence you stand on.