Always a Reporter: All the Place, All the Time
Where the hell are you and what are you up to?
Twitter: Don't answer the question, what are you doing all the time. Can be used for news gathering and reporting.
- TwitterLocal Example: What are people talking about
- C-Span: Example. Twittering of political conventions
FriendFeed: Everything your friends have been doing in one place
Facebook: How people are sharing information these days.
Tumblr: Lifeline feed. Great for tidbits, quick links.
- Example: A California Girl in Kansas
MySpace: More popular, "blue-collar," great if you're forming a rock band. Some journalists like it better.
Ning: DIY social networking
- Example: Wired Journalists
Evernote: multimedia platform
Ping.FM Manage all your social media from one hub.
Video, audio, photos, podcastsVimeo: some like quality better
We can all report text, produce audio, video and publish stills
YouTube: More popular, bigger audience potential
Qik: Live streaming from your cell phone. Great live news potential. Doesn't work with all phones.
Cover it Live Excellent way to do a live chat or live blog with a source or multiple subjects in various locations.
Flickr Can use Flickr widgets to create slide shows and to upload photos from photos in remote locations.
Picnik Free photo editing app.
Picasa An alternative to Picnik that I use on my blog. It can also be used to create slide shows that can be embedded in your articles or blog entries. I'm seeing more and more Picasa slide shows on mainstream news sites.
YOUSENDit Great way to send very large files without having an FTP site.
Mogulus Live video broadcast platform
Blogging Platforms and Resources
How do I get started?Blogger.com
SiteMeter An alternative to Google. I use both on my site. Google Analytics isn't real time. SiteMeter is and, for a bit more, is even more robust.
How will this help me in my day job (or help me keep my day job)
Stanford Digital Media Journalism Course notes
Poynter's EMedia Tidbits
Contentious.com Amy Gahran's (one of the tidbit authors) blog about communicating in the online age.
Knight Digital Media Center
Vocalo.org A citizen journalism site that aims to teach everyday Joes how to become radio broadcasters. Great resource for learning what audio equipment to buy and how to use it.
BBC Training Site
Getting the newsGoogle Reader The best Google's new browser (just announced this week) may mean the end to such sites because the browser will set it up automagically, kind of like how Amazon.com creates your page of recommendations & such.
Technorati Find blogs
All-Top Guy Kawasaki's new site. Collected it himself get blog suggestions from people on Twitter and perhaps other sources. He has a template that he plugs the info into, and bam... he's got another topic covered. Notice, too, that each topic has a couple of suggestions of related topics that might interest you (on the right side of the colored bar toward the bottom of the page).
Addict-o-matic Similar to All-Top but more than just blogs. Dave Pell, Founder: The victim of internet overuse, a short attention span and a dwindling social life, Dave has been working with, investing in, and getting addicted to internet companies for more than a decade.
OpenPress (making news) An alternative to releasing your own statements outside of for-profit orgs like PRNewswire and Business Wire.
Find it, save it, share it with others
Digg It: social bookmarking One of the more popular news sharing sites. What are you reading? What are others reading? More entertainment geared. Comments can be annoying: flaming is sometimes the order of the day.
StumbleUpon: more passive readers, fewer comments, more socially based. What are people with similar interests reading.
Delicious: easier to organize, tag and share with others.
Oldies but goodiesLibrary of Congress
Centers for Disease Control
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Drug Enforcement Administration
Supreme Court of the U.S.
The Smoking Gun
Wikipedia (Use with caution. Great starting point)
Newspaper Association of America (great way to find local papers)
Getting Things Done
Merriam Webster Dictionary Online
Internet Movie Database (pop culture references)
Snopes Rumor Busting/Confirming Site. This is my favorite site for debunking the hordes of email forwards my cousin passes along about conspiracy theories and supposed true crime warnings.
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If You're Not Overwhelmed By Now
If You're Not Overwhelmed By Now
Google Guide for Advanced Operators
Chris Brogan's 50 Online Applications and Sites to Consider
Internet Scout Report