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Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

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February 5, 2009

Even if you are already reading blogs
regularly, I urge you to add some blogs
that are not strictly about journalism or
news. Two that I recommend strongly:

Mashable: If you were one of the last
people to hear about Twitter, or you
still don’t know how Facebook works,
then reading this frequently updated
news blog will put you into the loop.
All the Web 2.0 and social
trends, tools, and sites
are covered here.

ReadWriteWeb: Although this blog is
similar to Mashable (and they are
often redundant), you will find some
good stuff here that Mashable will not
have—NYTimes Exposes 2.8 Million
Articles in New API, for example.

Why read these blogs? Because you will
better understand how (and why) the
media world around us is changing if you
stay up-to-date on the changes. People
who understand what is happening are
less likely to become road kill.

You certainly don’t need to read every
post closely. But scanning these posts
daily will definitely help you become
more savvy about digital media, online
and mobile.

Using an RSS reader

If you have not started using an RSS
reader yet, please do that right away! Our
former student Megan Taylor wrote a
very clear, simple introduction to RSS. I
suggest that you give no thought to which
RSS reader you should try—just start
with Google Reader. It’s free, easy to use,
and ubiquitous. This YouTube video gives
you a one-minute tour of how it works:
Google Reader in Plain English.

If that’s not enough for you, then learn
“how to use Google Reader like a rock
star”—from a post at Mashable.

Why take the time to set up and learn to
use Google Reader? First and foremost,
it’s 100 times more efficient than using
your browser bookmarks (or favorites).
It’s like your customized Page One, ready
for you on any computer with Internet
access, at home or at work, and even on
your phone. It’s better than an aggregate
of all the wire services—because YOU set
it up to bring you what YOU want.

How to find blogs that are worth
your time

Of the millions of blogs that are updated
frequently, only a few are really going to
help you become smarter about the
changing landscape of journalism—or
your own beat, or your local community.

Generally one good blog leads to another.
Just look at the blogroll—the list of blog

Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency / Mindy McAdams


links in the sidebar. This blog has one.
Almost every blog has one. Try a blog out
before you add it to Google Reader. Be
selective. Your time is valuable.

If you want a place to start sampling, try
Best of the Journalism Blogs, from

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