archive-ca.com » CA » B » BILLDUNPHY.CA

Total: 196

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Top 27 (or so) Internet Tools for Journalists « Breaking News
    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 bloggings session which was thanks to Nicole an animated thought provoking session and today I m putting my Top Ten Internet Tips for Journalists If you d like a simple list with live links I ve posted them here Presenters included people like Steve Buttry former American Press Institute trainer and now the editor in chief at the Cedar Rapids Gazette freelance writer Paul Lima current and former colleagues Phil Andrews Guelph Mercury Small Markets Thane Burnett Toronto Sun Short Features Jon Wells Hamilton Spectator Novel Writing and Kevin Scanlon Toronto Star Copy editing And a big thanks to Bryan Cantley who retired from the Canadian Newspaper Association this past summer but has carried on organzing this monster I ll post slides from my keynote and an abbreviated version of my text a little later this week Right now I have to get ready for two days of teaching I m doing at the Western Producer in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Bill September 21st 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tech Tips 2 comments Comments are closed 2 comments to Top 27 or so Internet Tools for Journalists Tim September 23 2008 at 12 58 pm Bill I was reading through your presentation and one of your tools took me to this http huuuze posterous com tweet family members shovel e Perhaps consider this a What not to use Twitter for in any future

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=5&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive


  • New Job – New Blog Coming « Breaking News
    blog goes local takes on Chicago New Job New Blog Coming By Bill on September 13th 2008 P lease accept my apologies for the hiatus I spent two glorious weeks on vacation and off line at a cottage beside a small black mountain lake in the Laurentians and then returned and jumped into a brand new role with my paper and our chain TorStar For the next long while I ll be part of a core team building installing and training staff on a brand new massive content management system that will create a common chain wide newsroom Of a sort It s an exciting and challenging job and as a bonus it means I don t have to commute Cue the Hallelujah Chorus I will be continuing in a training role at my paper and the chain albeit in a very different and reduced role than my WebU project management I ll also continue to do some outside teaching consulting and presentation Plus as soon as I can elbow aside the stacks of program and application manuals and get a bit of free time I ll be rebuilding and migrating this blog I ll be at Ryerson University s Wordstock conference next weekend Sept 20th and will be giving the keynote Fish on Bicycles why can t newspapers get the web right and two sessions one on 10 Essential Internet Tools for Journalists and the other on the Joys and Pitfalls of Beat Blogging And then I m off to Saskatoon to run two days of training with the folks at the Western Producer something I m really looking forward to Over the next week I ll blog about and post some of the slides from those presentations which won t be nearly as good as being there but

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=6&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive

  • What the propane depot explostions taught me about coverning breaking news on the web « Breaking News
    The final phase is handled by the stylists and the designers the artists and packaging folks Simple straight forward skill sets make sense of this riot of information and do it on deadline please We re good at that It s the first phase we suck at And we suck at it because we can t compete with the resources of an always connected city of a populace that is plugged into the net and each other every waking moment that is walking around with video and still cameras and computers in their shaking little hands or crammed into their pockets We suck at it because we don t want to admit that we can t compete that the random unfocused noise thrown off by connected citizens i e amateur journalists during a major breaking news event is superior to our early hours efforts But it is This was very very clear Sunday morning when as I pointed out in yesterday s analysis of the coverage for the first five or six hours ALL the best photos and videos and incident colour came from citizens not pro journalists This is only sensible citizens are everywhere everywhen And these days they re kitted out as well as any reporter And at least 20 of them are used to producing content for the web that s a lot of content when a major story breaks It s content that published in a hundred locations Flickr Facebook Twitter Live Journal YouTube Vimeo Blip TV Photo Bucket on blogs and yes in the comment sections of newspaper web sites Why would anyone rail against this tide And yes it has as I noted yesterday a high noise to signal ratio it s full of errors and myopia and it lacks perspective and maybe insight but all of it is better than what you ve got with one editor sitting behind a computer and three photogs and four reporters scrambling for their boots and their car keys So our challenge is how to harness that information in that first frantic hour or hours Based on what I watched yesterday here s my thoughts on how to plan for breaking news When breaking news happens 1 Scramble your jets Obvious Do what you always do flood the zone with reporters and photographers and videographers Only keep them on a short leash have them calling and texting and Twittering short burst of info text photos videos if that s possible They need to learn to share as they go but to keep going keep digging 2 Staff your desk Get someone listening to the scanners working the radios answering the phones Get another person hooked up to your website and live blogging with timestamps events as they happen Embed Coveritlive if you can Speed is everything 3 Offer a platform Open a forum or the commenting section on a static blog post or if you have no other alternative a special email address or fax or phone

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=8&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive



  • Propane depot explosions expose newspapers’ online shortcomings « Breaking News
    Star both appealed to readers to send them stories videos and photos but if they got any neither acknowledged it Lots of comments though including people offering links to other sites with video of the blasts the Toronto Fire Dept s live response web page even academic and news references to other propane explosions and the risks the storage depots pose Good stuff that a smart web team might have referenced in the story but their readers did it for them It s a stark demonstration of how people use or want to use the web to share information to learn more by sharing what they know using the familiar web tools Flickr YouTube Wikipedia the collective memory of the web itself The Toronto Sun a local tabloid that should have positively owned this story proved weakest of all offering a tepid staff written brief a still photo taken by a local photo blogger and the same albeit spectacular YouTube video that everyone else used It s embedded at the end of this post I d give them credit for looking to the web for on the scene content except they appear to be using it simply as a replacement for their own staff rather than a complement to it Check back at torontosun com for updates it promised but for four hours they offered nothing beyond the original blurb Finally more than six hours after the blast they updated their coverage they dropped in the Canadian Press story The National Post turned to their Toronto news blog Posted Toronto to handle coverage blending some staff reporting with reader submissions and a fairly determined harvesting of public content on the web via Flickr and YouTube They created their own interactive map using Google s dead easy map tools and used it to locate the event show the evacuation area host photos and reader comments Very smart and simple Like last time this overall approach proved to be the most effective way to get out ahead of the story offering readers a rich detailed if fragmented and at times inaccurate story Up until about 9 a m nobody could touch them but then they fell into the same hole as before they failed to take the story beyond the exciting moment to moment breathless coverage Torontoist The local franchise of the continent wide chain of place bloggers failed miserably and utterly totally ignoring a major news event in their town that closed major highways and led to mass evacuations It wasn t the first item they posted Sunday morning nor their second It wasn t until almost noon over 8 hours after it happened that they finally put up a weak wrap up that simply pointed to what others had done A text book lesson in how not to cover your city BlogTO Com did two hours of live blogging from about 7am to 9am inserting the best videos views from the highway web cams and reader submitted photos to their

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=9&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Live Blogging a WebU Grad Course « Breaking News
    ALL the 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 Blow up the beats Tampa paper copes with deep cuts Home Digital Survival Guide Part 2 Live Blogging a WebU Grad Course By Bill on July 9th 2008 During these summer months WebU is offering a series of grad courses shorter sharper sessions aimed at specific constituencies photographers ad sales reps editorial writers etc One of these sessions is for the Metroland web masters the folks responsible for the editorial content of our web sites For that session It thought it would be fun to try out the Coveritlive live blogging tool which was created by a team in Toronto just down the highway Here it is July 9th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tech Tips One

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=25&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Surprise Toronto transit strike tests local media « Breaking News
    Canada and has the largest newsroom at its disposal Sad to say they appear to have been caught flat footed by the sudden strike and dropped the ball at least on their web coverage You can see that they made some efforts they ve got up to date video on their home page and a pair of decent late night early morning stories The news and the reaction that appear to have drawn on the reporting of a half dozen staffers When I looked this morning the web fed me stories staff had filed at 4 30 a m although I presume their web staff had been filing all along And they ve gathered the stories onto a topic page their Transportation page and made sure to link to the previously prepared Strike Survival Guide all good stuff But the video is a CP video not staff Good job by CP by the way proof that their video camera in every reporters hands and centralized editing is paying dividends And while they had a blog page devoted to the TTC strike I m sure part of their earlier preparation when a strike seemed very possible it wasn t linked to until later in the morning and offered no breaking news coverage of the surprise strike The blog page picked up later Saturday morning but at that point it really seemed too little too late If I had spent 2 hours walking home because of the strike and once home checked thestar com to see what was going on I would not have gotten the sense that they felt that something big had happened What about a video or two What about photos a gallery Globe and Mail Kudos to the print team at the Globe which used to be known for early deadlines and a disdain for anything as plebian as breaking news When I picked up my paper at 5 am they not only had the TTC strike on page one they had the Mayor s comments and promise to push for back to work legislation which mean they held their local press run until well after midnight On the web they did less well I suppose they deserve some points for trying They did produce a post strike TTC riders reactions video but the quality was abysmal sign that videographer up for Backlighting 101 and that s saying a lot coming from a good enough is good enough evangelist like me The paper launched a blog which ran for about an hour between midnight and 1 am and seemed to be either scraps from reporters notebooks or bits of the story they were about to file The Globe also did the right thing by soliciting photos videos and stories from readers in a pretty prominent front page link but at 5 15 am there was nothing apart for a long list of union bashing comments from readers most of whom didn t seem to live in Toronto or

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=43&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Ernst Zundel goes free: Defending the indefensible « Breaking News
    Canada s dysfunctional white racist movement has stood up for Ernst Zündel None have decried the shameful abuse of power the cynical political calculation that is this government s decision to label Ernst Zündel a threat to Canada s security This is wrong Today I stand up for this Nazi apologist Today I stand with the haters the anti semites the racists the cruel and ignorant who are Ernst Zündel s natural constituency and his only friends Today I ask who is the real threat to our freedoms our ideals our security this aging hater this semi retired painter with his crumbling and ineffectual network of the deluded or a cynical and mighty government that chooses to wield an immense nearly extra judicial power in secret and to use it to crush a man few seem willing to defend As an investigative reporter I spent six years in the early 1990s monitoring and exposing the rapid rise and inevitable fall of Canada s white racist movement an ugly cyclical blooming that brought them to membership levels and influence they d not seen in Canada since the mid 1930s Zündel and the burgeoning propaganda machine that was his three storey downtown Toronto headquarters was one of a few key hubs the movement revolved around I got to know Zündel personally and professionally And while I never had access to the fruits of the phone and fax and e mail taps the government employed I did learn much about his work through open questioning careful observation and at different times the reports of a number of informants who worked inside his bunker and would pass along what they d seen and heard The international scope and depth of his network of supporters who gladly consumed his e mails faxes newsletters videos satellite TV shows and radio shows was astonishing but not dissimilar to the network of supporters developed by the evangelical Christian ministers whose techniques he studied with the rapt attention a six year old boy bestows on professional athletes He had an impressive amount of energy and he earned impressive amounts of alms from his supporters But anyone who got close to him understood that despite the occasional sacrifices and gestures of monetary and moral support for others of his ilk Ernst Zündel cared about one thing Ernst Zündel It s what kept him from building a real movement from exercising real power when it appeared he might have it But for all his power and the power and numbers of the other Canadian white racists for all the fear they struck into the hearts of the righteous the white racist movement in this country accomplished little more than hobbling the Reform Party s rise and sparking pathetic street battles in Montreal Ottawa Toronto and Vancouver At every turn they were bugged monitored and infiltrated by a host of well funded and mostly honourable police and intelligence agencies On every street corner they were out hustled out organized and overwhelmed by

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=190&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Seven Ways to Write Like a Digital Native « Breaking News
    ask how you can enrich it for the reader 1 Are there original documents you can link to If you ve downloaded a report meeting minutes or agendas watched a video or listened to a tape share it If it s living elsewhere on the web link to it If you have your own copy can you scan it Post it yourself You ve already done the hard work share it with your audience 2 Are there any photographs related videos soundfiles slideshows online Dog and Frisbee You don t have to own a file to share it with your audience Need an photo of a dog and a Frisbee for a story on off leash dog parks Go to Flickr s creative commons search page and search for what you need That looks for photos with a Creative Commons attribution licence you can use the photos so long as you attribute them The dog photo comes from Bruce at www flickr com people superfantastic If you can t get permission to post or host the file yourself why not link to it 3 Can you map it Mapping information especially interactive mapping can offer readers highly useful information A simple locater map or a route map can be created and embedded directly into a story in a matter of minutes Some stories might even best be told entirely as an annotated interactive map Ask yourself if this is one of them 4 Can you gather past stories together and link to them It s a conversation remember You ve gone and dug out and re read the old stories to prepare for your interviews and to nail down the background why not share them Provide a sidebar or box with links to 2 or 3 or 5 related stories

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=152&cpage=1 (2014-10-09)
    Open archived version from archive