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Pulitzers, Twitter, Google, Soundslides

Some non-binding recommendations left over from class this week:

  • Watch the demo for Batch Geocode and then try it out with an Excel file. This is a key one to say you have experimented with. Super easy.
  • For Google maps, there’s also a video (surprise—but it’s really hard to stumble upon) that sounds as if it was voiced by a 12-year-old. Log in, try out a MyMap, and bookmark the help pages.
  • Get to know the Advanced search options in Google next to the Search box   (e.g. by file type for PDFs or by Site or domain e.g. for .edu sites).  In the top dropdowns on Google’s home page look at more … even more (last item) which takes you to most everything Google does. Try the dropdowns (More) or More search tools on the left side after you’ve done a search. Check out Timelines.
  • Do a Google search on Pennsylvania unemployment. The 5th result should include a small graph that comes from Google’s Public Data Explorer. It’s in beta (Google labs) so it’s not really “released” yet.  Click on that graph and you’ll get to the screen shown below. Interact with the chart, add some other state or U.S. data (left side) and click on the Data source link below the chart. This takes you to (gee) the source of the data if you want to save or manipulate it. Hit Link (top right) to get embed code.
  • Read these additional tips on using Twitter in journalism: Twitter etiquette; Dr. Thornton’s cheat sheet; ReadWrite Web on how they use Twitter for journalism (from 2008!). Understand what Storify is (embed tweets in a story, WordPress blog; also is in beta).
  • If you have a Soundslides question, let me know or check the online manual (e.g. how can I expand the length of the audio track; don’t forget to specify Title in your lower thirds e.g. Germantown resident).

OK—enough, already. Just some friendly reminders of good stuff to explore. See you on May 4 in lab, and perhaps May 2 at the Center in the Park. Happy Easter.

Part of Google's new Public Data Explorer

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