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  • Tech « Breaking News
    working full time journalists and freelancers and students After a morning keynote which I was lucky enough to deliver the day was divided into three sessions offering 5 different workshops in each a pretty jam packed day In addition to the keynote I ran sessions on Blogging jointly with Spec city hall blogger Nicole Macintyre and internet tools I ve already posted my slides from the Continue reading Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists September 21st 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tech Tips 2 comments Comments are closed Propane depot explosions expose newspapers online shortcomings By Bill on August 10th 2008 photo courtesy http www photojunkie ca A bout two hours before this morning s grey dawn a series of explosions tore through a propane depot in the northwest corner of the city shaking buildings and homes shattering windows and waking people as far as 10 kms distant from the scene Fire and smoke shot to heights equal to a 20 or 30 storey building and led many to think worry fear that a jet airliner had crashed a terrorist attack had taken place the city was being bombed This was breaking news with a capital B and at this point six hours distant from that 3 30 am blast it offers some intriguing lessons in how coverage of these events is evolving in a world where digital cameras and web access are almost ubiquitous Bottom line in aggregate citizens journalists out performed their professional counterparts getting news out faster offering more details and better images and videos They also made more mistakes and had a high noise to signal ratio Mainstream media were slow off the mark and while they depended on the citizen journalists they failed to make the most of the possibilities that material offered See the bottom of the post for my thoughts on how to do that Toronto s a media rich city four paid dailies two free dailies several city news blogs in addtion to more than a dozen local radio and television stations I can t cover them all but took a look at the four dailies The Globe The National Post The Star and The Sun and the two big place blogs Blog TO and Torontoist I did a similar comparison earlier this year when the transit union launched an unexpected but legal strike on a Friday night at press deadline time and the results are pretty similar none of the dailies have figured out yet how to blend the strengths of their newsroom speed accuracy access with the new possibilities opened up by an always connected citizenry but most of them are trying The Star with the city s biggest newsroom although I can t imagine they had more than a single person on duty when the first blast hit produced the fullest account with pretty admirable speed Police fire eyewitness reports plus links to two of the eight or so citizen videos of the blast I found online The

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  • Tips « Breaking News
    annual professional development day for journalists and I got a chance to host two workshops a panel on place blogging with David Topping of Toronto ist and Tim Shore of Blog To and the perennial Top Tools workshop I felt pretty ambivalent about the Top Tools piece I mean who doesn t already have a toolbox crammed to overflowing with useful cool and free tools I felt that way last year too when I did it but my audience surprised me by being large and enthusiastic And it quickly became obvious that Continue reading The Top 1 002 Internet Tools for Journalists October 3rd 2009 Category Journalism News Tips Comments are closed Three tools to encourage citizen journalism By Bill on November 3rd 2008 I took a day away from building our massive bloody code spewing chain spanning content management system to get back to teaching last week and spent some time with the Metroland Editors at their annual off site in Markahm just outside of Toronto I sat in on several sessions and taught one Citizen Journalism and Community Engagement the latest in my ongoing efforts to subvert the creative stranglehold our templated websites place on local newspaper editors Hmm Better remember to rephrase that You can see my slides below and I ll offer some links below as well but I thought it might be worth putting some of the very basic points down here in text After looking at the bad False Steve Jobs heart attack report and the good coverage of a recent explosion at an urban propane filling station of citizen journalism we engaged in a discussion of just what the hell citizen journalism was and why they were so afraid of it Many of them aren t as it turns out and with good reason Local papers have been running citizen journalism since the day they opened their doors the web simply offers more and different opportunities to continue this grand and vital tradition For this session I zoomed in on three simple areas Blogs Photos and Wikis Click to continue reading November 3rd 2008 Category Journalism Tips Comments are closed Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists By Bill on September 21st 2008 There was a big turnout for Wordstock the annual journalism conference held at Ryerson University s School of Journalism in Toronto this past weekend an encouraging sign in troubled times Attendees seemed about evenly split between working full time journalists and freelancers and students After a morning keynote which I was lucky enough to deliver the day was divided into three sessions offering 5 different workshops in each a pretty jam packed day In addition to the keynote I ran sessions on Blogging jointly with Spec city hall blogger Nicole Macintyre and internet tools I ve already posted my slides from the Continue reading Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists September 21st 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tech Tips 2 comments Comments are closed New Job New Blog

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  • About « Breaking News
    June 2011 March 2011 January 2011 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes About My name is Bill Dunphy I m a journalist a trainer a web and tech evangelist to the newspaper world and on my good days I m a writer Breaking that s a verb not an adjective News is where I go to think out loud about reamaking journalism and maybe get some constructive conversations happening about the future of a profession I have a mad love hate relationship with I ve worked at community papers and big city dailies as a typesetter I have a certificate reporter editor columnist satirist investigative reporter and training manager I ve received awards provincially and nationally mostly for my investigative reporting and my writing and spoken at conferences and seminars for The American Press Institute The Canadian Newspaper Association The

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  • February « 2012 « Breaking News
    comments Archives February 2012 November 2011 September 2011 July 2011 June 2011 March 2011 January 2011 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes The Gospel According to John Paton Burn baby Burn By Bill on February 17th 2012 If I was running a newspaper company in Canada I would be setting things on fire John Paton speaking at the Canadian Journalism Foundation s forum The problem with the phenomenon of John Paton Newspaper Publishing God is that most people aren t really paying close enough attention to what he s doing and to what he s saying The John Paton that gets all the attention is the guy who ordered Flip cameras delivered to every single reporter within a couple of weeks of taking the reins at the then bankrupt Journal Register chain The guy who created the Ben Franklin Continue

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  • November « 2011 « Breaking News
    November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Print focus kills newspaper sites By Bill on November 11th 2011 It is impossible to underestimate the extent to which our print focus is crippling our ability to transition to digital We tweet breaking news We shoot video We live blog and post our stories on Facebook we

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    September 2011 July 2011 June 2011 March 2011 January 2011 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Another brick in the wall but maybe a doorway too By Bill on September 12th 2011 It s baaaack Like Jack Nicholson smashing through the bathroom wall with a fire axe only in this case it s the accountants and consultants and they re not breaking down walls they re building them The pay wall is back our walled garden of content The soothing sotto vocce whispering inside our scared little skulls You are worth it If they really liked you they d pay for it The frantic attempt to inflate value by manufacturing scarcity instead of manufacturing value The very big boys down south the Wall St Journal the New York Times Boston Globe etc etc and dozens of Continue reading Another brick

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  • July « 2011 « Breaking News
    2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Are we doing too much online By Bill on July 11th 2011 One hundred and ninety three That s the number of navigation links our website is displaying today on its home page alone Nearly two hundred clickable links choices for you to make that take you deeper into our site

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  • June « 2011 « Breaking News
    February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Shut up so I can listen to you By Bill on June 18th 2011 Few things vex online news organizations as much as commenting does these days Many sites find themselves flooded with obscene viputerative sexist racist or just plain dumb comments that they cannot afford to properly moderate nor influence and which leave them despairing for the quality of their audience Which is one of the reasons the Knight and Mozilla foundations are running a Beyond Commenting Challenge hoping to unlock innovations in this critical piece of online Subtlety usually dies just after civility journalism and my god speed them on that journey UPDATE the contest has closed I ll cover the results Continue reading Shut up so I can listen to you June 18th 2011 Category News 4 comments Comments are closed The Future is now so why is everyone facing backwards By Bill on June 18th 2011 Back in 2005 my newspaper was lucky enough to be the only Canadian participant in The Learning Newsroom an ambitious 18 month long million dollar newsroom culture transformation experiment At one point we were asked to

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