35 Things I Learned at #ONA15 in LA

By | October 7, 2015

Murrow quote from ONA15

A photo posted by Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe) on Instagram on September 24, 2015 at 2:31pm PDT

Social networks are changing from open to closed. See WhatsApp, FireChat, Weibo. These are private spaces, invite only. New/old sourcing skills required for journalists looking for access.

Finding reliable sources via social still boils down to relationships, journalism verification skills, ethics.

Use Twitter lists. It helps you organize your sources.

Vicarious trauma is being brought to the forefront through social newsgathering. Makes me wonder how much are journalists at risk of vicarious trauma from user generated content? https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-are-journalists-at-risk-of-vicarious-trauma-from-ugc-/s2/a562758/

#ONA15graphics takeaway: Will dataviz work on mobile? Hover effects don’t work. Maybe graphic doesn’t always need to be interactive to be effective.

I love public radio folks. If this journalism professor gig doesn’t work out for me, I’m going to beg public radio for a job.

Online harassment causes women everywhere to “cede the public space,” said @schemaly. It leads to participation inequality.

The cyberharrassment women journalists face online is a freedom of speech issue. Everyone’s freedom of speech is threatened if you can be scared silent. -@PennyRed

Cyberharassment stems from broad resentment of women having any sort of power. -@PennyRed

Online harassment = terrorism. Rape is a theme here. Media companies: “When a female journalist gets a rape threat, don’t laugh it off.” -@schemaly

How do I teach my female journalism students to engage on social if it means they face likelihood of online harassment? I’ll be following up on this problem.

TrollBusters offers online protection preventative Rx/lessons to learn online safety: https://www.pinterest.com/trollbusters/trollbusters-online-protection-tips/

I’m so irritated that not every seat in the #ONA15keynote about the online harassment of women journalists was filled. It points to exactly what panelists talked about. If we value our female journalists, then this is everybody’s problem to fix.

Social media is particularly tricky for journalists. Access to social posts doesn’t automatically mean permission under copyright act. We have to think analogously, says @KarleneGoller, in fair use of copyrighted content. In terms of aggregation, it is better to create a collage, using only little pieces of each unit, not large piece(s) of single work.

Ten journalists are still facing criminal charges in Ferguson from interactions with police more than a year ago, reports @gregg_leslie.

“At the New York Times, we have increasingly come to the conclusion that habituation is the secret to everything,” said @cliffordlevy

Clifford Levy said mobile usage for New York Times content spikes at 7 or 8 am. People wake up and look at their smartphones. We need to change newsroom workflow to match.

“Tradition in journalism fights against mobile centered user design. Tradition fights against what readers really want,” said @cliffordlevy

Ready to get fancier w/your interactive news graphics? Check out these programs: ChartBuilder, Datawrapper, Silk CartoDB, Tarbell, Tik Tok, MapBox, LunchBox, Tableau.

Fair use is a defense, not a right. It’s one area of the law where journalists find themselves on both side of the fence.

Journalists are amazingly creative people.

Interactive map of state bodycam laws, from Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press.

If you ask Snapchat users for feedback, they will give it. Audience small but engagement very high, especially story completion rates.

Pinterest creates momentum as “ultimate long tail” for content. It is aspirational — looks forward, doesn’t mind inspirational quotes, likes infographics.

Instagram is built for beautiful visuals. Imagery on that network has to be good to be effective.

.@sarah_frank of @nowthisnews says the tone of promo text on Facebook has to match tone of video/story

For @nowthisnews, video on Facebook is huge. Thumbnail image & 1st 5 seconds crucial, video muted by default. Emotion drives shares.

The stories that work for @Mashable on Facebook: mainstream; fun & uplifting; innovations; utility/how to be better you; smart lists.

ESPN’s @ericneel pointed out how multiple distribution points for longform journalism carves up stories back into shorter pieces.

“Longer the story goes, the tighter it has to be” –Wright Thompson of @ESPN. SIDENOTE: When I served as a regional judge for the Livingston Awards, I selected Wright Thompson’s piece “Ghosts of Mississippi” as a finalist. I enjoyed seeing/hearing him in person. Talented writer/reporter.

News orgs need to redefine their products or create new ones, because the existing products are made for a past era, said Google’s @richardgingras

@richardgingras says to place “focus on the article page.” Yes. Homepage isn’t dead, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.

Here’s everything you need to know about ONA’s new Build Your Own Ethics Tool. http://bit.ly/1FwsNE8

Walter “Robby” Robinson of the Boston Globe (who I met once during an interview at Northeastern University) is an awesome old school journalist with an awesome old school journalists’ voice. Looking forward to seeing him portrayed by Michael Keaton in “Spotlight.”

The Coral Project is doing some terrific work with online comments. I’ll have to tell them how the project’s name is similar to the book “The Coral Island,” an old YA novel by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne published in 1858. The story is the polar opposite of “Lord of the Flies.” The three teenage boy characters work together with mutual respect to survive in on a deserted island.

The 2015 Online News Association Conference & Awards was held from September 23-26, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.


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