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New digital tools

Thought I’d point you to a key site called EducationShift, part of PBS’s MediaShift effort. This piece notes some new digital tools that E4ric newton suggests working journalists try.

PBS initiative

This is a tough landscape to navigate—one year’s Twitter is next year’s Everyblock—but you should keep an eye on what the industry […]

Audio extra

Another WordPress player demo, this time with some tips about the Audio assignment itself. And a caution that you should exit the Dashboard if you have inserted code in the Text (HTML) editor; don’t switch back to Visual to take a look as that can mean the code then IS text and won’t function.

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Audio II



Olympus saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. You’ll need to come to the front (or Center for New Media) to convert your files to .WAV or MP3 to bring into Audacity. I’ve got an app called Switch to do that, which you can download for a brief […]

Jan. 30 II

First the overview:


there’s a visit from Mary Kay Meeks, executive director of Face to Face next Tuesday, Feb. 4 12:30 in the Dunleavy Room (Union); you are welcome to come, shoot some photos/video all blogs are up on the sidebar look at the items to check in Part I below check in on […]

April 29

Some links left on data, maps to go over from Wednesday. ONA member Ken Blake says no journalism student should graduate without knowing the basics of spreadsheets (Excel) and I’d add databases (Access). So you should be sure you can make your own Excel chart and post it in your final blog post.

Here are […]

Video formats

OK—here is a chart of some basic video formats. Our goal is to capture good enough HD that we could produce a DVD or broadcast-quality video, but also to post it on YouTube or Vimeo in a format to optimize file size and quality.

For posting on Vimeo, see these guidelines (videos on the right […]

Soundslides on .com

It’s always something.

The embed tool I pointed you to is not for .com sites (that you all have), just for .org sites (that I have). This, in addition to the them you chose, is always a potential explanation of why things are odd, but I didn’t think of it till we had trouble getting […]

YouTube downloads

In connection with Bernadette’s question, You might want to get a downloader for YouTube videos.

Tools menu->Add-ons and then search for youtube download. I use one called Download YouTube videos as MP4 1.5.9

After you install it you’ll get a little button next to the Like/Don’t like icons. This one allows downloads as MP4 or […]

January 30

OK—everyone is off to a good start with the blog set up and first photo assignment. I’ll give you some feedback next week, and you will be commenting in WordPress on classmate’s blogs, with a brief assignment. The Schedule page will keep evolving as we go, so check back there often. (And I recommend making […]

January 28

Agenda for today:

Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options e.g. top left, top right on menu bar. In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of them to see them […]

In the news this week

As a Lasallian, we thought you might be interested in the iPhone confession app that got a bit of a reaction this week.

This piece on AOL‘s hiring spree is likely to be of interest, not just for its discussion of Patch. (Sorry—looks like that piece is no longer free online.)

And photojournalists were rather […]


We’ll discuss the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (they are not the same thing). We’ll then do some hands on with HTML and CSS. I’ll introduce RSS (and XML, which it’s made of) and PHP, which is what most blogs (such as WordPress) are written in. To give us a common […]

ONA 2010

At the end of October I spent three days at the Online News Association conference in DC. A lot of the presentations are on their site. It’s a big event—about 1,200 people—with a professional focus but also a strong academic contingent. I went there to get a sense of the field—which is vibrant—but also […]

Soundslides embed

Just saw this on Campfire Journalism. It said (but help page was done in 2008) that you can use embed code for, but not .com. So that problem remains. But the SoundSlides utility here lets you create the embed code for a video you have in a Soundslides publish_to_web folder. This is the result: