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Show and steal: Inspire yourself with these holiday ideas

September 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Show and steal: Super online ideas from SFJ15

September 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Show and Steal: How editors saved the day, from SFJ15

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Show and Steal: Totally entertaining print and online idea from SFJ15

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

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Digital Tool Tuesday: SFJ conference wrap-up, with links and great story ideas

September 1, 2015 Leave a comment


The Society for Features Journalism conference at the University of Maryland was a great success.

In case you didn’t make it, here’s a list of the digital tools we discussed during a Friday morning session with Betsey Guzior, engagement editor at Bizwomen, and Corey Takahashi, a multimedia instructor at Syracuse University, and at other sessions.

 Digital tools

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Canva Twitter card

Screenshot 2015-08-27 11.41.20 chart

  • Infogram: free version to visualize data (above):
  • IMGflip: easy way to make annoying gifts:
    • Also makes memes
    • Can make pie charts – can add as many slices
  • Twitter cards: creates a text/image card when readers tweek a link:
    • Creates attractive hyperlinks
    • Needs a verified account
    • If there is an error, will replicate through story
  • Mosaically: allows you to make a high resolution zoomable mosaic:
spurrier quiz

Playbuzz quiz

Great examples

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Campus Connection: How to write resumes that impress

August 20, 2015 Leave a comment

School is starting again — and it’s never too early to think about your application for the next internship or your first job.

That’s the focus of our current issue of Campus Connection.

We talk to Dennis Anderson, executive editor of the Peoria Journal Star, about what types of resumes catch his eye and what impresses him.

Here’s something to remember: “But what really helps to make a resume great is a concise sentence at the top, just
under the contact information and before the candidate’s experience. This is your shot to tell the hiring manager who you are and what you can do for the organization.”

Think of it as your Twitter bio, but serious.

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Digital Tool Tuesday: Canva

August 18, 2015 Leave a comment
A quote/image combination made with Canva. Ten of these were made into a photo gallery.

A quote/image combination made with Canva. Ten of these were made into a photo gallery.

The digital tool:

What does it do? Allows you to combine text and photos to make Twitter and Facebook images, posters, etc. You can build an image with a quote, a headline or a tease to use along with any social media links.

How does it work? After you’ve signed up, you get to do a test piece. Canva will gently guide you through the process. You can upload your own images, and you have plenty of choice in font and style of the text you want to add.

Once you’ve created your image, you can download it as a .png, then convert it as a JPEG for use with a tweet or a Facebook post.

Canva provides images, including icons, shapes, illustrations and photos. You can upload your own. Most of the images are available for free.

The free version is pretty generous on what you can do, so you might want to stick with that. A Canva for Work version (paid) allows you to create brand templates and even more. Certain images cost very little to buy.


  • The choices are a bit overwhelming; a graphic designer might help you choose a style that complements the style of your section/website.
  • The save button isn’t easy to find, but it’s a drop down under the “find” button on the top left.
  • You can save your creations and use them over again.

How it’s used: How about this photo gallery with inspiring quotes from female business leaders in the Silicon Valley?

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