Google Hangout has become a low-budget tool that allows journalists to have some “face time” with their audiences.
In the build up to the 2012 elections, The New York Times held a series of conversations with voters on women’s issues, bipartisanship, switching parties and other popular topics of conversation.
Google Hangouts has also been a key aspect of The Huffington Post’s engagement strategy in their HuffPost Live features, which invite both experts and interested readers into live, online conversations.
Here are some other ideas on how StateImpact reporters could consider to use Google Hangouts:
- Hold an “ask me anything” session on Google Hangout, with yourself or a local leader or expert.
- Moderate a Hangout debate on core community issues, and embed the Hangout video on your site to generate more discussions. Continue reading
Did you have fun with the updated Google Chart Tools? Well, that’s only the tip of the iceberg of fun and possibility. Google has created a chart gallery with different kinds of prototypes for you to play with.
I will explain to you how we could use some of those prototypes for better data storytelling. You can also consider this as your first step into the information design world, thinking about grouping and presenting information. Continue reading
Here’s How to Take Advantage of It In Your Blogs
Our designer Danny DeBelius has introduced us to a data visualization tool called Google Image Charts. It’s pretty handy when you need some simple charts to help tell your stories. Now, guess what? Google has updated that tool and make the experience even better.
The main difference is that you don’t need to go to a Image Charts Editor page, but you can finish the process in your Google spreadsheet.
Connect to your data in real time
Let me explain this tool by using an example. I have a spreadsheet with data about Idaho legislators compiled by Emilie Ritter Saunders. Now try this: if you go to the spreadsheet, change some numbers in the education worksheet and refresh this post, you will see the numbers also changed here in the image below.
Isn’t it amazing? The updated Google charts tool connect your chart to your data in real time, making it convenient to change numbers or styles or add data to your posts as it becomes available.
Easy to use
This tool is also easy to use. We all have some experience using Excel to produce simple charts and graphics. The rules are similar here: Continue reading
Christopher Swope shared his secrets of policy coverage with us during fly-in last May. Don’t you want to review the great tips?
(Click through to carouse his super-duper slideshow while you listen to the talk.)
The arrival of the new year means it’s clean-up time–for your house, your garden, and for your topic pages! With legislative sessions around the corner in most of our states, we want our tag buildouts and topic pages ready and clear so that our audience can find your content easily.
So let’s review what our founding parents said about topic pages, or tag buildouts:
1. New tag buildouts/topic pages
To get started, read Elise’s post “What, Why and How on Tag Buildouts“. The post includes a video that tells you how to build a new topic page.
2. Managing your tags
Use Matt Thompson’s post “How to classify your posts & manage your tags” as a reference to manage your tags. Here’re some highlights.
The best tags are the discrete entities (i.e. specific individuals and organizations) named in your posts. In general, it’s best to use full names rather than abbreviations. Instead of tagging posts with “Obama,” use “Barack Obama.” It’ll look better as the title to a topic page, and it will aid search engine optimization.
Investigative reporter extraordinaire Daniel Zwerdling shares his secrets with the StateImpact team during the May 2012 fly-in.
You all know that StateImpact does great journalism, and that’s in no small part because we have strong ethical guidelines that inform and drive our work.
You can find these guidelines on the NPR Ethics Handbook page. The booklet is an excellent read and can also be really handy for reference whenever you have ethical concerns.
UPDATE: Next “LinkedIn for Journalists” training will be held on January 10. Read below for details….
I suppose that a lot of you use LinkedIn as a professional social media platform. Well, did you know that it can also be a good reporting tool? As a journalist, you can use LinkedIn to conduct background research, identify potential sources and reach out to your core communities.
I took a LinkedIn training, and here are some highlights on how you can use LinkedIn for reporting.
Before we start, let’s get familiar with the navigation bar because a lot of searches will start from there.
1. Finding Sources
- Advanced People search: Click on “Advanced” on the right side of the search bar, and you can search people by company, including past and current employees.
- Company search: Search companies by clicking on the right third drop-down menu on the navigation bar, and you will be able to see how many people among your first and second-degree connections work at a certain company. Continue reading
If you’re just getting started using Google Analytics, there are several online tools and how-tos to help you get started. One of our favorites is Media Bistro‘s primer on some of the key elements that journalists find helpful (lots of them are designed for business folk).
Of course, Google has an exhaustive set of tutorials and how-tos on their site.
In this post, I am going to share with, step-by-step, how to find some of the team’s favorite analytics. Continue reading