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10 tools that can help data journalists do better work, be more efficient | Poynter.

10 tools that can help data journalists do better work, be more efficient | Poynter. | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it
A Global Leader in Journalism | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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"As a beginning data journalist, you’ll want to develop a sense of the tools others are using to do the work you admire. You won’t be able to learn them all at once, and you shouldn’t try. You should, however, develop a sort of ambient awareness of the tools in use (something like the knowledge Facebook gives you about the lives of your high-school classmates)."

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Longform journalism morphs in print as it finds a new home online | Poynter.

Standing for journalism, strengthening democracy | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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"What do we mean when we say longform journalism? Is it defined by length, by quality, by the time it took to write it? Some journalists say the way we define longform journalism — particularly in print — needs to change."

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Five Best Distraction-Free Writing Tools | Lifehacker

Five Best Distraction-Free Writing Tools | Lifehacker | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Your computer is packed with distractions: blinking icons in the system tray, chiming reminders, a web browser ripe with the promise of internet fun. Here's a look at five popular distraction-free writing applications to get you writing without interruptions."

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How to use your interviewing skills to trend on Twitter | OJR

How to use your interviewing skills to trend on Twitter | OJR | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Journalists can be their own worst enemies when they try to interact with their audience online. If you think that the online medium somehow fundamentally changes the way that people interact, and that you need to adopt a new set of principles for interviewing and interacting with people online, you're just setting yourself up for failure."

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Why I hired a journalist to run my company blog | Greg Collier

Why I hired a journalist to run my company blog | Greg Collier | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"As a CEO of a startup, my online voice – a blog called Greg’s Corner — is the place where I share my company news, try to differentiate myself from competitors, and showcase the value I’m offering. But until about a year ago, my online voice wasn’t saying much... So I hired a journalist."

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How the Internet changed writing in the 2000s | Kevin Kelleher

How the Internet changed writing in the 2000s | Kevin Kelleher | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"The Internet isn’t just prompting us to write more, its open structure pressures us to write in a way that’s at once more concise and flexible. One problem newspapers and magazines never could fix is that articles are assigned arbitrary lengths. Pay writers per word and they’ll write as many as they can. Assign a 12,000-word story and you’ll get just that, even if 1,000 are all that’s necessary."

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Andy Rooney: Few people appreciate good writing | readingeagle.com

Andy Rooney: Few people appreciate good writing | readingeagle.com | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Writing is difficult, and one of the problems is there are no dependable critics. Hardly anyone tells me that what I've written is terrible, even though what I write must be terrible sometimes. One problem, of course, is that most people who criticize writing can't write."

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Web scraping: How journalists get their own data | J-source.ca

Web scraping: How journalists get their own data | J-source.ca | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Don't rely on others to get you the information you need. Glen McGregor explains in the latest issue of Media magazine that the ability to program a basic script can allow you the freedom to no longer rely solely on Access to Information laws and give you the liberty to analyze data in new ways. And a foreword by David McKie, J-Source's Ideas editor, explains why this is important."

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Investigative Dashboard: Data-sharing among reporters worldwide

"The Investigative Dashboard (ID) is a work in progress, that is designed to showcase the potential for collaboration and data-sharing between investigative reporters across the world. The initiative is spearheaded by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and the International Center for Journalists, and will expand to include other institutional members of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. The project is coordinated by Paul Cristian Radu (of OCCRP) and Justin Arenstein (of FAIR) and was developed while both were in residence at Stanford University as Knight fellows."

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Dateline: Northern Mindanao | eyeswideopen

Dateline: Northern Mindanao | eyeswideopen | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

In media res. "In the middle of things." That's one phraso to describe journalists. But sometimes it's just too close for comfort, as these correspondents found out as Typhoon Sendong slashed through Northern Mindanao.

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Journalism in the Age of Data

Journalism in the Age of Data | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

A video report on data visualization by Geoff McGheeow on how journalists are coping with a flood of information by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers, and artists.

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Writing tool: RoughDraft 3.0 | Mike Shevdon

Writing tool: RoughDraft 3.0 | Mike Shevdon | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"In my last post I went into some detail as to why Microsoft Word was not the best tool for creating long works of fiction, not because it was bad software, but because it wasn’t designed for that purpose. In this post I am going to offer you an alternative piece of software which is designed for exactly this task and has the added benefit of being free to use."

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Alexander T. Magno's comment, January 4, 2012 10:01 PM
@Minsky RoughDraft is basic. You can't track changes. But if you just need to write without tables and images inserted in the document, this is OK. It has word count, spell check, and even a scratchpad in the side panel. And the app doesn't take up too much hard disk space and doesn't eat up a lot of your RAM.
Minsky's comment, January 4, 2012 10:03 PM
How about DropBox, do you use it ?
Alexander T. Magno's comment, January 4, 2012 10:09 PM
@Minsky. Once, for a recent project. I find it clunky to use. i don't usually have to exchange so many big files.
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Frank Sinatra has a cold | Gay Talese | Esquire

Frank Sinatra has a cold | Gay Talese | Esquire | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

In April 1966, Esquire published "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published of one of the most celebrated singers of all time.

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500 Words a Day: The Secret to Developing a Regular Writing Habit | Goins, Writer

500 Words a Day: The Secret to Developing a Regular Writing Habit | Goins, Writer | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it
This is the year you become a writer. And what do writers do? They write, of course. Here's how you can develop a regular writing habit.
Alexander T. Magno's insight:

 Seems obvious. But as the Jeff Goins puts it:

 

"There’s nothing mystical or magical about it — you just have to show up and commit to doing the work. Place butt in chair, fingers on keys, and start typing.

 

"And this, of course, is where most writers fail. They never actually write a word. They talk about writing, think about writing, even read about writing."

 

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Hitchens: Unspoken Truths | Vanity Fair

Christopher Hitchens: Unspoken Truths | Vanity Fair | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

Until cancer attacked his vocal cords, the author didn’t fully appreciate what was meant by “a writer’s voice,” or the essential link between speech and prose. As a man who loved to talk, he turns to the masters of such conversation, both in history and in his own circle.

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How the Associated Press uses Twitter & Facebook | Cyberjournalist.net

"The Associated Press uses social media both to gather and disseminating information, approaching each social network differently. 'Part of what we’re doing is sharing content in a curated way,' Eric Carvin, the AP’s social media editor, tells DigiDay. 'It helps as news gathering; if we’re looking to find someone who has amateur video, we put out a call and a good chance we’ll hear back from people.'”

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How to write like Ian Fleming | Insider writing advice

How to write like Ian Fleming | Insider writing advice | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"The success of Fleming's books is due, in part, to the suspense and the exciting subject matter. But another large part of Fleming's genius is his often overlooked fondness for sumptuous detail."

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Blowing up the book | Wall Street Journal

Blowing up the book | Wall Street Journal | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"A new crop of digital books comes loaded with videos, songs, animated shorts and pop-up graphics. Is this the future of publishing?"


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Scamming a journalist: What not to do | ksl.com

Scamming a journalist: What not to do | ksl.com | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Journalists have a lot of sources — which is why it is never smart to try to scam a journalist, like the fine folks at the United States Commerce Association tried to do Tuesday when they offered to allow the Deseret News to pay for their for their "Best of Orem award.."

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The loss of a giant, E.B. White | Andy Rooney

The loss of a giant, E.B. White | Andy Rooney | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

In October 1985, Andy Rooney wrote a tribute to E.B. White, his 'hero as a writer,' lamenting how  White's death didn't get as much attention as the demise of two actors. "...the papers and TV news broadcasts were filled with their pictures and remembrances of their careers. E.B. White died last week, too, but his passing did not begin to attract the space in the papers or the time on television that Simone Signoret and Rock Hudson got."  Rooney himself passed away last November 2011. His death probably got a bit more attention than White's - he was, after all, also a famous TV commentator. But for most other journalists who read him, he was first of all a writer who wrote simply and well, as his E.B. White tribute, published in the Chicago Tribune, would show.

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iDailyDiary: Free personal diary

iDailyDiary: Free personal diary | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

Sometimes all you need is a readership of one. And that's you so many years later. This program is good for keeping your musings offline (you don't always want to spill your guts all over the place, after all). The commercial version costs $30, but the free version works just fine.

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Google Code University offers free courses

"This site provides sample course content and tutorials for Computer Science (CS) students and educators on current computing technologies and paradigms... Google Code University (GCU) does not require registration and materials are free to use. The site includes: tutorials and Introductions that have few or no prerequisites, courses on advanced or specialized topics, recorded videos lectures and talks, courses with the problem sets and exercises."

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Narrative Visualization: Telling stories with data | Stanford Vis Group

Narrative Visualization: Telling stories with data | Stanford Vis Group | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"Storytellers, especially online journalists, have increasingly been integrating visualizations into their narratives, in some cases allowing the visualization to function in place of a written story. In this paper, we systematically review the design space of this emerging class of visualizations." (The paper is downloadable as PDF; see bottom of page linked to this.)

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Napkin fiction | Esquire

Napkin fiction | Esquire | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"It's an old story, we figured. Someone, in a bar somewhere, scribbling on a napkin in the failing afternoon light; the kind of story or list or note that might be crammed in a pocket and pulled out years later to tell something deep and forgotten -- perhaps life's most intimate first chapter, nearly lost forever. So we gave this spontaneous medium a shot. We put 250 napkins in the mail to writers from all over the country -- some with a half dozen books to their name, others just finishing their first. In return, we got nearly a hundred stories. We present most of them here -- from lush to spare, hilarious to terrifying."

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WordWeb: Free English dictionary download

WordWeb: Free English dictionary download | Hacks & Hackers | Scoop.it

"WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia." The free version includes
5000 audio pronunciations, 65,000 text pronunciations, 150,000 root words, 120,000 synonym sets.

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Minsky's comment, January 4, 2012 1:40 PM
I use this everyday during my lessons. It's very handy for tutors like me.
Alexander T. Magno's comment, January 4, 2012 3:39 PM
@Minsky - Been using it for five years. It works with RoughDraft, the writing software, which has a review somewhere on this page.