You can use the StoryCorps app to generate your own story ideas.
As you know, NPR’s StoryCorps is launching a big Thanksgiving initiative to document stories between family members on this holiday.
Stories told through the StoryCorps app are being archived at the American Folklife Center at Library of Congress, and are available on the StoryCorps website.
What’s genius is how you can search through the stories to find particular topics.
Ask readers to record targeted interviews; be sure to instruct them to include a certain word (cookies) or town (Omaha) to their interviews. Or arrange a small event (or attend an event) to record interviews of your own.
You can guide your readers by suggesting what questions to ask, or what stories you need.
You also could arrange a small event (or attend an event) to record interviews of your own.
Many universities and historical institutions might have good oral history centers (I found one from Baylor here).
Once they are on the website, they can be embedded into a story or excerpt for print.
Here are some other links to advice on taking oral histories.
Deseret News, April 2013: Preserving family history by using your smartphone
SFJ Conference Schedule
Aug. 26-29, 2015
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, University of Maryland
NOTE: A free continental breakfast will be served in the Knight Hall Atrium Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
All sessions are in Knight Hall on the University of Maryland campus, except the Thursday afternoon/evening trip to the Washington Post, where we’ll hear four speakers, including Editor Marty Baron and two-time Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten. We’ll have time between speakers (before dinner) for some small group tours of the Post.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26:
4-5:45 p.m. SFJ Board Meeting: Board and committee chairs
5-6 p.m. Registration, Knight Hall Atrium (a fairly short walk from the College Park Marriott, our conference hotel on the edge of campus).
6-8 p.m.: Opening Reception, Knight Hall Atrium.
Twitter and Apple are hiring journalists to create their own brand of news. And now, Twitter’s Project Lightning includes a plan for followers to keep track of live events, through curated tweets. Buzzfeed sat down with Twitter developers about the project.
“On Twitter’s mobile app, there will be a new button in the center of the home row. Press it and you’ll be taken to a screen that will show various events taking place that people are tweeting about.”
What does that mean for you?
If you are live tweeting the Oscars red carpet or the Emmys, will your tweets be included for larger consumption, or lost in the curation to larger outlets? The new curation will instantly load videos and have rich image content; and it will be easier to embed tweets across all Web platforms. That could be a great advantage for breaking news events.
What is it? Info.gram
What does it do? Creates easy to read infographics, charts and maps
How does it work? Sign up, and a step-by-step process will take you through creating a graphic.
It would help to be familiar with how to use a spreadsheet. One is available to fill in, but you can also import various spreadsheets.
You can choose among different types of charts, including treemaps (which show proportion clearly), bubble charts (which plot like charts but also show relativity in a cool way) or population charts.
You can add media, including photos and video, have multiple people collaborate on a graphic, and keep track of analytics.
There is a limited amount you can do with a chart in the free portion of this website. But, for feature purposes, this might be enough.
You can embed the chart into your web page, or share it through social media.
Have fun with it.
Do you love emoticons?
Lots of people think they’re awesome
You can’t avoid them.
We write about trends.
About arts and entertainment
Try to guess the story we’ve written in emoticon form.
Click here to see the story from Mashable
And check out this discussion on Storybench about the uses of emoticons in journalism
The Tool: Yik Yak
What is it? A social media app that allows users to post anonymously; others “endorse” the posts to make them “hot.” Yik Yak communities primarily are around college campuses; the users are primarily students.
How does it work? People post observations; you can find “nearby” Yik Yaks. There are two options to view; one lets you see the newest posts; the other is to see the “hot” posts — those posted endorsed (liked) by others.
The search button lets you see featured topics, and “peeks,” which are other communities (again, mostly colleges).
You may include a username to Yik Yaks. That might be a good idea if you’re trolling for info as a reporter.
Our third issue of SFJ Campus Connection is here! It’s the perfect tool for anyone on the hunt for an internship. Plus hear from a Mashable employee about how he networks to find places to live.
Follow this link to the PDF version with hotlinks: SFJ Newsletter 3