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Goodbye to my fellow journalists

When I was a young newspaper reporter I was once assigned to a story about a teenage boy who had committed suicide.  Or, at least most people thought he had … Continue reading

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Cleaning up your Facebook Privacy Settings

Now that Facebook has kicked its Graph Search into high gear, plenty of my Facebook friends are worrying about privacy again. Some have even used the moment to spread a … Continue reading

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Tips for journalists on camera and behind the camera

Recently, I heard a colleague tell a co-worker who had just done a Google+ Hangout “You have a face for radio.” It was said in jest, of course, but it … Continue reading

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Vine gets some respect in Boston bombings coverage

Whenever I do training about Vine, Twitter’s video app, at least half of the people in the class look at me strangely. Why should they care about a platform that … Continue reading

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Facebook’s Storylane grab frustrates seekers of social media alternatives

Storylane users are expressing their dismay and frustration over the platform’s recent decision to join forces with Facebook, underlining once again the lack of control we have over our social … Continue reading

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Storylane team joins Facebook. What’s next?

Facebook is adding another one to its belt: Storylane. The Palo Alto startup, which I wrote about for  the San Jose Mercury News in November, is one of the few social … Continue reading

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Twitter burying Tweetdeck mobile and desktop apps

If you are using Tweetdeck on your mobile phone or are using the desktop version in the office, you will want to find a new Twitter management system soon or … Continue reading

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Lessons from The Onion

Sunday night’s tasteless Oscar Tweet by The Onion holds a lesson for all of us. Oh, yeah, and there is the obvious teaching moment: “You don’t call a 9-year-old actress by … Continue reading

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This Twitter hoax was easy to spot

Here we go again. I just finished holding a session on “Separating Fact from Fiction Online” and then, I read this Twitter hoax story. Today, share prices fell for a … Continue reading

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Rooting out our readers

Thanks to the Association of Alternative News Media and Online News Association for inviting me to present at its ONA Digital Camp in San Francisco on Saturday. The group included … Continue reading

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Big Loss for Connecticut Journalism

Originally posted on The Laurel:
Hartford Courant Politics Editor Rick Green is moving on. In case you didn’t know that Rick was Politics Editor, and still think of him as…

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Can Electric Car Ownership & Apartment Dwelling Co-Exist?

Finding a way to charge your electric vehicle when you live in a condominium or apartment is not so easy, as this story by Lauren Goode illustrates. Thanks to Goode … Continue reading

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Twitter workshops for Bay Area News Group

Originally posted on The Buttry Diary:
I will be leading workshops on Twitter this week for four newsrooms in the Bay Area News Group. I will use tips or techniques…

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Pasadena Star-News opens News Lounge

Pasadena Star-News opens News Lounge.

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment
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