Three weeks ago, I was asked if I could build a website for former Los Angeles Times journalists wishing to sell their services on a freelance basis. Today, we launched TheJournalismShop.
While we’re still working out some kinks – we’re not happy with the logo and may have a domain issue – the site is fully functional and easy to use. Say you need a former reporter with health reporting skills. Simply navigate to the Reporting page and then scan the bios. If that journalist seems to fit the bill, click on More Info. There, you will find a full resume and means to contact the journalist.
If you could do me the favor of clicking around the site a bit, that would be fantastic. Also, if you have a blog, linking to TheJournalismShop would also be of great help.
While WriteThru seeks to help journalists learn about the huge variety of technology options out there, there are more than enough topics to go around. Fortunately, there are plenty of mainstream sites that provide free tutorials as well as educational videos.
A relatively new player called Howcast, for example, offers short educational videos on a wide range of topics, reports The New York Times. While the site does not have a lot of depth yet, it is growing quickly.
If you are applying for a job that requires the Reuters stylebook, get a step up by checking out their online version. Of course, getting used to those strange British spellings might be a bit challenging.
Live Citizen, a citizen journalism site currently in beta testing, is offering $20 an article, according to its ad on JournalismJobs.com. The Los Angeles-based company wants journalists to sign up for 3-month contracts, which require 2 to 6 stories each week AND a video broadcast lasting from 5 to 15 minutes each. Stories are expected to be more than 350 words.
It’s easy to see why Live Citizen is looking for more journalists. The newest story on Business & Tech was almost two weeks old at the time I wrote this post. The World and U.S. sections seem more current, but do not have a lot of depth.
The Online News Association has extended its annual Online Journalism Awards deadline to Wednesday, July 8th.
The contest is open to journalists who maintain websites that contain original content or commentary. For general information on the contest, go here. Nonmembers and members may enter, though the latter pay a lower entry fee.
Below is the list of categories, or go here for detailed descriptions:
Knight Award for Public Service – One award
General Excellence in Online Journalism – Four awards
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Non-English – Two awards
Breaking News – Three awards
Specialty Site Journalism – Two awards
Investigative Journalism – Two awards
Multimedia Feature Presentation – Three awards
Online Topical Reporting/Blogging – Two awards
Online Commentary/Blogging – Three awards
Outstanding Use of Digital Technologies – Two awards
Online Video Journalism – Two awards
Community Collaboration – One Award
Student Journalism – Two awards
Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism – One Award
Note: Multiple awards correspond to site size based on readership.
Just because it’s “hyper local,” doesn’t mean it will automatically work. Just ask Keith Vance, who recently announced he’s closing The Seattle Courant, his local online publication.
Fortunately, Vance offers some lessons learned:
The Courant failed because I didn’t have enough cash and I didn’t find someone who could handle the business side, such as finding customers, technologists and managing projects. The trick I had to pull off was to be able to fund the Courant while I not only built a newsroom, but also a technology firm to support it. I couldn’t do it all.
The Anti-Defamation League seeks a senior producer in New York, reports Media Bistro. The job entails research, writing, editing, proofreading and copyediting for online and email publications. Go here for further details.
While there are plenty of online options for building forms,
Wufoo.com is fun and easy. Why do you need
form-building software? Well, if you want to collect information from readers,
leads or customers, it’s a lot easier to use pre-built software than learning
HTML forms from scratch.
What kind of forms can you build? By using a “Contact Us”
box, you don’t have to openly post your email address on the web. Or you could create an event registration form.
Look at these samples, which can be
used as templates, for some additional ideas.
The position involves originating, gathering and organizing appropriate regional and national content in various distribution channels including web, email, cell phone and print. Designing and creating graphic presentations and packages appropriate to our subscriber users.
The publications are owned by the Revelle-Scripps family. The San Diego Source is a subscription-based publication with more than 6.6 million visitors a year, according to the company’s website.