Sources going direct: FDNY and the Hudson River air collision

A small plane and a tourist helicopter collided over the Hudson River in lower Manhattan today. Though Twitter played a big role like it often does with breaking news coverage, this time some of the best coverage of the breaking event was from the source itself: the Fire Department. The FDNY has a live video […]


6 ways to monetize online video

Excerpt from my final post for Online Journalism Blog on how online video can be monetized: (Editor’s Note: This is the last in a three-part series on local online news video, summarizing the findings of a thesis study that examined the Minnesota media market and their use of online video. Part one looked at content […]


What’s working and what’s not in local online news video content (Part 1)

(Apologies for the break in blogging. I have been in the process of moving from Minnesota to NYC. Moving is not fun.This is excerpt from a blog post I wrote for the Online Journalism Blog that summarized the findings of my thesis study on 10 local news sites. Read the first of three posts in […]


Who said journalism is dying?

Maybe I have just learned to ignore the depressing news of the thousands of layoffs at newspapers and other news organizations across the nation and begun to pay more attention to the bright spots in journalism. There are journalism jobs being created what seems like every day. The advice I have given to myself constantly, […]


Tips from a director: Teaching social media in journalism schools

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post on “10 ways journalism schools are teaching social media” for Mashable.com. The post mostly focused on the what and not the how. I did include a few tips at the end from a few professors I interviewed, including those from Paul Bradshaw, the course director of the M.A. […]


The end of news websites? At least the way we know them today

Excerpt from my post on Onlinejournalismblog.com: The question is no longer just a hypothetical one. With increasing convergence between social media and traditional content, what is known as a traditional news website might not exist in the coming years. Perhaps a revealing example is the creation of Facebook applications by a Seattle-based aggregator, NewsCloud, which […]


Using CoveritLive for live chats, tracking twitter feeds and more

I have seen it used many times before, but have never implemented it myself. I know the concept behind CoveritLive, a free and easy to use service that allows you to integrate a live chat onto your site or blog. It also allows you to do much more, such as aggregating tweets. Greg Linch, an […]