10,000 Words: 5 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Journalists
Lauren Hockenson shares "five extensions that are popular for their great utility in any journalist's arsenal, and they are all absolutely free to download."
journalism  tips  readthis 
april 2013
BlueGlass: Do More Comments Make Your Blog Stronger?
Deanna DeRosa gives reasons online readers leave comments (and why they don't), the benefits of comments, whether commenting makes your blog stronger, and how to get readers to leave more comments.
blogging  NHblogging  tips  readthis  comments  engagement 
january 2013
The BrandBuilder Blog: Fixing The Engagement Gap
Some really great tips and ideas from Olivier Blanchard on how to get better than 1 percent engagement from your brand's social media accounts.
readthis  tips  socialmedia  engagement  facebook 
january 2013
Social Media Examiner: 3 Ways to Grow an Instagram Community
Brian Honigman gives three tips on how to build your community and boost engagement with your audience by using Instagram.
Instagram  tips  readthis  socialmedia  engagement  photos 
january 2013
The Buttry Diary: Key question for journalists and news organizations: What should we stop doing?
Some interesting thoughts on how newsrooms should proceed with smaller staffs. Steve Buttry writes, "Decide what’s important to you and decide what’s less important. Stop doing what’s less important, and focus your work on what’s more important. If you’re an individual journalist, you may need your editor’s approval before you can stop doing something, but you should start that conversation."
readthis  journalism  news 
december 2012
Inside Thunderdome: Why Links Are So Important to Digital Journalism
Karen Workman explains why journalists should link to outside sources. Lots of good information and a much better explainer than I've been able to give.
journalism  digital  readthis  tips  JRC  DFM  infopro 
december 2012
Social Media Examiner: 9 Fun Facebook Page Examples to Spark Your Creativity
Andrea Vahl takes a look at nine Facebook pages that utilize creative ways for bringing fun to fan engagement.
engagement  facebook  tips  readthis  socialmedia 
december 2012
Business Insider: Please Stop Using These 15 Words In Your LinkedIn Profile IMMEDIATELY
Julie Bort lists the overused, useless buzzwords on LinkedIn profiles from 2012.
tips  readthis  linkedin 
december 2012
The Daily Post: Three Easy (and Free!) Ways to Make Your Blog Your Own
Michelle W. shares three easy ways to add your personality to your blog.
NHblogging  blogging  readthis  tips 
december 2012
10,000 Words: When To Link Back, Give Credit In Your Posts
Meranda Watling suggests five "best practices to help deliver credit where it’s due and, because it’s about the readers, give your visitors more background into the story and topic."
readthis  tips  blogging  journalism  infopro 
december 2012
Nieman Journalism Lab: What kinds of local stories drive engagement? The results of an NPR Facebook experiment
By Eric Athas and Teresa Gorman:

We looked at every story we geotargeted during the months of July, August, and September 2012, focusing on the ones that the localized NPR Facebook following liked, shared, and commented on at a high rate. From this group of successful stories, we identified similarities which allowed us to create nine distinct content categories. We then dissected each successful story to decide which category it fell into.

To identify a story’s category, we asked a series of questions. Why did people share this story? What reaction did people have when they shared it? What is the story actually delivering to people — an explanation, a video, a hard news story?

We repeated this exercise several times for each piece of content until we were confident placing it into a category.
readthis  tips  socialmedia  facebook  journalism  infopro 
november 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Tips for Creating Pinterest Images That People Love to Share
Mitt Ray suggests five ways to help boost your traffic by creating Pinterest images that users will share.
Pinterest  readthis  tips  blogging  NHblogging  socialmedia  socialsharing 
november 2012
Social Media Examiner: 7 Effortless Ways to Find New Ideas for Your Blog
Andrew K. Kirk offers seven tips for developing new content ideas for your business blog.
blogging  NHblogging  readthis  tips 
november 2012
Social Media Examiner: How to Attract Customers With Pinterest
Patricia Redsicker shares some of the ideas presented in the new book "Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest," by Beth Hayden.
Pinterest  tips  readthis  socialsharing  socialnetworking  socialmedia  NHsocialmedia 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: 21 Business Blogging Tips From the Pros
Cindy King writes, "We spoke with 21 top experts to find the hottest business blogging tips you need to know today."
blogging  NHblogging  tips  readthis 
october 2012
The Buttry Diary: Facebook news-feed changes mean newsrooms need new engagement strategies
Steve Buttry gives tips on how to engage fans on Facebook, which has changed its algorithm determining who sees what.
facebook  socialmedia  digital  journalism  readthis  tips  NHsocialmedia  infopro 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: How to Maximize Your New Twitter Profile
Charlene Kingston writes, "Here’s how to take advantage of the new Twitter features to build an exciting visual presence on your existing Twitter account."
twitter  readthis  tips  digital  journalism  infopro  socialmedia  NHsocialmedia 
october 2012
10,000 Words: TubeChop for Journalism: How a YouTube Clip-Selector Can Help You (and Your Readers)
Kevin Loker writes, "Why may it be useful for journalists to select shorter clips of longer video and implant them into their work using something like TubeChop? A quick embed can provide readers easy access to exactly what you’re talking about (say a quote in your written work, or a soundbyte), and notably, because of how the embed is set up, it additionally allows readers easy access if someone wants to investigate the greater context further."
digital  tools  usethis  readthis  video  journalism  infopro 
october 2012
The Buttry Diary: Getting started on Twitter: #twutorial advice for a friend
"Twitter 101" includes tips on getting started with Twitter from Steve Buttry.
tips  twitter  readthis  socialmedia  journalism  digital  infopro 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Engagement
Sarah Pierce writes, "In this article, you’ll discover how to get more likes, comments and shares. I’ll reveal five strategies for Facebook posts that get your fans buzzing."
facebook  socialmedia  digital  infopro  readthis  tips 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: How to Get More Pinterest Exposure With Less Work
Melanie Duncan writes, "Would you like to get free exposure across thousands of people’s Pinterest pages? Are you concerned you don’t have the time to manage a Pinterest account on top of all of your other social media efforts? In this article I’ll reveal a solution to make your Pinterest marketing easier and get the results you want."
Pinterest  socialmedia  digital  readthis  tips 
october 2012
How to make an Instagram Timeline slideshow, fast
Ivan Lajara shares how to make an Instagram timeline slideshow.
tips  howto  readthis  Instagram  socialmedia 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook News Feed Exposure
Brian Carter writes about how to get more of your posts seen by your fans on Facebook.
facebook  socialmedia  infopro  readthis  tips 
october 2012
The Buttry Diary: #Twutorial guest post from Alexis Grant: A simple Twitter strategy that will dramatically grow your network
Alexis Grant writes a guest post in Steve Buttry's #Twutorial series on how to use @mentions and @replies on Twitter.
twitter  tips  readthis  journalism  digital  infopro  socialmedia 
october 2012
Social Media Examiner: 4 Tips for Increasing Pinterest Traffic to Your Blog
Mitt Ray shares four tips that could help you get more traffic to your blog via Pinterest.
Pinterest  blogging  tips  readthis  socialmedia  socialsharing  NHblogging 
september 2012
The Buttry Diary: Twitter data shows journos’ ‘burstiness’ boosts followers
Steve Buttry writes, "As I noted in yesterday’s post on a couple of social media workshops, Twitter data has confirmed that I am teaching best practices for journalists in using Twitter." He says to embrace burstiness, use relevant hashtags, share what you're reading, don't be a link firehose and use the retweet button.
twitter  socialmedia  tips  readthis  journalism  digital  infopro 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 9 Facebook Marketing Tips to Improve Engagement
Andrea Vahl writes about "nine Facebook pages using some great techniques for more engagement."
facebook  engagement  socialmedia  tips  readthis 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 6 Podcasting Tips From the Pros
Cindy King writes, "... We asked the podcasting experts to share their tips. What follows will help you connect with your audience on a more personal level and extend your online community."
podcast  digital  infopro  tips  readthis 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 4 Social Media Goals Every Business Should Measure
Andrew K. Kirk writes, "Here are four business goals, how social media can impact these goals and most importantly, how you can measure the impact of your social media efforts on these goals. Determine how each goal below relates to your specific business goals and then choose which social media results are relevant to measure."
socialmedia  socialnetworking  digital  industry  readthis  tips 
september 2012
SocialTimes: PinAlerts Notifies You When Something From Your Website Is Pinned
Mary C. Long explains how to use PinAlerts, a website that alerts you whenever content from your site has been pinned on Pinterest.
Pinterest  socialmedia  socialsharing  digital  infopro 
september 2012
Graphic: What is the best time to post on social media sites?
Graphic submitted to Visually by Fetch123: This infographic reveals the best days and times to post on the most popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Pinterest... ... Stat candy: - 1 to 4 p.m. is the best time to post about a website on Facebook - 1 to 3 p.m. is the best time to post about a website on Twitter - Best time to post about a website on LinkedIn is before or after business hours - 9 to 11 a.m. is the best time to post about a website on Google - 2 to 4 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. are best times to post about a site on Pinterest
socialmedia  Pinterest  facebook  twitter  linkedin  tips  graphic 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Engagement
Mari Smith discusses five ways to boost the engagement on your Facebook page.
facebook  socialmedia  tips  readthis 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 3 Ways to Create Highly Valuable Blog Content
Rich Brooks writes, "This article will identify some of the best tips, tools and tactics for creating blog content that helps grow your business."
blogging  NHblogging  journalism  digital  readthis  tips 
september 2012
Poynter: A journalist’s quick guide to Reddit, the next thing you have to learn
Jeff Sonderman's basic guide for journalists who are beginning users for Reddit.
Reddit  journalism  digital  socialsharing  infopro 
september 2012
socialmouths: 7 Tools For Monitoring The Effectiveness Of Your Tweets
Improve your tweeting by using these tools to monitor the effectiveness of your tweets.
tools  twitter  NHtwitter  socialmedia  infopro 
september 2012
10,000 Words: ‘Text is a UI’: How Journalists Can Work Usability into Online Words
Kevin Loker writes, "What is important to note is that “Text is a UI” shouldn’t be a mantra reserved for web designers. Everyone needs a variety of web skills and smarts these days, and usability in your text should be included. Here are a few spots where this mindset could help:"
journalism  industry  digital  twitter  tagging  editing 
september 2012
10,000 Words: How Should Newspapers Respond To Criticism On Their Facebook Page?
Meranda Watling takes a look at how news organizations can handle the situation when readers leave negative comments and feedback on a Facebook page.
facebook  readthis  journalism  digital  socialmedia 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 4 Blogging Tips to Double Your Site Traffic
Louise Julig writes about the four steps Block Imaging has taken to boost their blog traffic and sales.
tips  NHblogging  readthis  blogging 
september 2012
The Buttry Diary: 9 ways to find helpful people and organizations to follow on Twitter
Steve Buttry continues his twutorial series with some quick tips on finding Twitterers you should be following.
twitter  tips  readthis  socialmedia  journalism  digital  NHtwitter 
september 2012
The Buttry Diary: 10 ways Twitter is valuable to journalists
Steve Buttry continues his twutorial series, listing 10 ways Twitter is valuable to journalists.
twitter  tips  readthis  journalism  digital  socialmedia  NHtwitter 
september 2012
Social Media Examiner: 9 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests
Jim Belosic writes, "The businesses that are disappointed in the contests they’ve run have probably made a couple of fundamental mistakes. They either have their eyes on the wrong prize—they’re focused on Likes and ignore the customer feedback the contest brings—or they didn’t do their homework. A Facebook contest may be free (aside from the cost of the prize and the third-party app needed to run the contest), but you still have to invest time to make your promotions work for you."
facebook  tips  readthis  digital 
september 2012
Steve Buttry: Advice and examples on how and what journalists should tweet
Steve Buttry continues his twutorial series "with some advice for journalists on how and what to tweet."
twitter  tips  readthis  NHtwitter  tutorial 
august 2012
Chris Brogan: 20 Blog Topics To Get You Unstuck
Chris Brogan lists 10 questions you might answer and suggests 10 fill-in-the-blanks that may help you generate topics for your blog.
blogging  NHblogging  tips  readthis 
august 2012
The Buttry Diary: Use lists, TweetDeck, HootSuite, saved searches, alerts to organize Twitter’s chaos
Tips from Steve Buttry on using lists, searches, alerts and apps to manage the chaos of a busy Twitter stream.
twitter  NHsocialmedia  socialmedia  tips  readthis  journalism  infopro 
july 2012
Social Media Examiner: 26 Tips for Managing a Social Media Community
Debbie Hemley gives "26 tips, an A-Z guide, on ways to manage your company‘s presence."
socialmedia  readthis  tips  NHsocialmedia 
july 2012
The Buttry Diary: Step one for using Twitter as a reporter: Master advanced search
Steve Buttry shares ways journalists can use Twitter's advanced search to do better reporting and investigating with the social network.
NHtwitter  twitter  tips  readthis  journalism  infopro 
july 2012
Mashable: 6 Posts That Build Engagement on Facebook
Aaron Lee writes, "Engagement on Facebook is reflected in three forms: likes, shares, and comments. Here are six ways to create the right type of engagement via posts for your brand. "
tips  readthis  facebook  socialmedia  NHsocialmedia  engagement  infopro 
july 2012
ideaLab Heritage's Blog: A Community Media Lab takes off with much promise
Michelle Rogers writes about the development of Heritage Media's Community Media Lab
cml  readthis  journalism  JRC 
july 2012
paidContent: 5 news blogging lessons from my favorite non-news blogs
Laura Hazard Owen writes, "Young House Love, Baby Name Wizard, Ordinary Time, Regretsy and the Daily Dish are five blogs I read in my spare time. But they also teach me how to do my job better. Here are the news blogging lessons I’ve learned from them."
tips  readthis  journalism  blogging  NHblogging 
july 2012
Mashable: 6 Pinterest Tips From Power Users
Lauren Rae Orsini for The Daily Dot writes, "There’s no one way to succeed on Pinterest. If there were, maybe all the pros would be doling out the same advice. But as the Daily Dot discovered, that’s far from the case. When we talked to six highly successful Pinterest pros, each one had different tips for how to pin to win."
Pinterest  NHsocialmedia  socialmedia  readthis  tips 
july 2012
Social Media Examiner: 4 Ways to Discover More About Your Audience With Social Media
Mitch Monsen writes, "four ways you can learn more about your audience by looking at their social media life."
socialmedia  NHsocialmedia  readthis  tips 
july 2012
Social Media Examiner: 3 Tips to Manage Your Social Media Reputation
From Sarah Lokitis, "three tips to help you manage your reputation with social media."
socialmedia  NHsocialmedia  readthis  tips 
july 2012
Mashable: Pinterest Drives More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined [STUDY]
Zoe Fox writes, "Pinterest is social media’s rising star — and now has the traffic stats to prove it. The darling network of brides-to-be, fashionistas and budding bakers now beats YouTube, Reddit, Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace for percentage of total referral traffic in January, according to a Shareaholic study. "
Pinterest  socialmedia  NHsocialmedia  readthis 
july 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Ways Online Businesses Are Succeeding With Social Media
AJ Kumar writes, "Marketing your online business through social media websites can be a great way to encourage engagement with your brand in a low-pressure setting.

However, getting started with this new type of media can be intimidating for some business owners.

Take a look at the following five examples of ecommerce websites that are succeeding with social media for ideas on how to use social media effectively."
socialmedia  readthis  NHsocialmedia 
june 2012
Social Media Examiner: 13 Tips to Combine Photos and Social Media for Greater Exposure
Heidi Cohen writes, "Photos are eye-candy that attract and engage readers with your offering. As the Jack (or Jill) of all trades, small business owners tend to have limited budgets—and more importantly, time—to promote their business. Therefore, each marketing element must effectively drive results."
NHsocialmedia  NHphotos  socialmedia  readthis  tips 
june 2012
3 Steps to Getting Started With Social Media
Social Media Examiner writes, ""With so many social networks to choose from, how do you decide the best social networks for your company?

Not all networks are created equal; each comes with its own specific benefits, features and uses.

This 3-step guide will help you choose the best social networks based on your business, experience and community."
socialmedia  readthis  NHsocialmedia  tips 
june 2012
The Buttry Diary: How should a news curation team work?
Steve Buttry writes, "Mandy Jenkins and I are making plans to hire and launch a curation team for Digital First Media.

If you wonder what a curation team is, don’t bother to apply. If you wonder what a curation team could be, and have some ideas, we want to hear from you."
curation  industry  readthis  journalism 
june 2012
Zombie Journalism: Exploring the Role of Curation and Curators in the Newsroom
Mandy Jenkins writes, "Curation is a huge part of Digital First Media‘s plans. I/We see it as a way to give our readers a well-wounded view of a story or topic, while also freeing up our local staffs to do the original reporting they do best. It is with this in mind that I, along with my esteemed boss, Steve Buttry, will soon be hiring a national curation team comprised of a team leader and two curation editors."
curation  readthis  journalism  industry 
june 2012
Twitter Journalism: How To Verify A Tweet
Craig Kanalley shares tips on ways to verify a tweet.
twitter  socialmedia  journalism  howto  readthis  tips 
june 2012
Essay | The curator’s challenge: Balancing new tools and traditional journalism ethics
Meg Heckman writes, "Social media isn’t a new reporting tool in our newsroom. In the past, we’ve used MySpace to track down the friends of a murder victim, quoted the tweets of public officials in our political column and described Facebook tribute pages created for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this was a different kind of social media journalism, one that involved created something new from raw information. Practicing it made me part of an emerging class of journalists who call themselves not reporters or editors, but curators. "
socialmedia  journalism  readthis  tools 
june 2012
The Buttry Diary: A workshop for local bloggers in West Chester, PA
"I will be leading a workshop at the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa., this evening for local bloggers.

The workshop will be fairly short, then I’ll answer questions and we’ll socialize for a while. I will share with the bloggers some tips from these earlier posts:"
NHblogging  blogging  tips  readthis  education 
june 2012
The Buttry Diary: Use digital tools to showcase your career and your work
"Journalists have lots of tools for showcasing our work.

If you’re a college student or recent graduate looking for work or a veteran journalist out of work or looking for a better job, you need an online showcase where prospective bosses can find your best work quickly and study your work at length if they’re interested."
readthis  tips  career 
june 2012
The Buttry Diary: Copy editing: It’s taught me a lot, but it has to change
"Journalists who have treated the copy desk as a safety net need to take more responsibility for the quality of their own work. And journalists who have specialized in copy editing will play multiple roles in a Digital First newsroom."
copyediting  readthis  industry  journalism  editing 
june 2012
Social Media Examiner: How to Use Pinterest to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog
"Pinterest drives more traffic to websites than YouTube, Reddit, Google Plus and LinkedIn combined according to new research.

With this in mind, here are six easy steps for tapping the power of Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blog."
Pinterest  blogging  tips  readthis  NHblogging  socialmedia 
may 2012
Social Media Examiner: How to Promote Your Blog With Social Media
"Sharing your blog posts on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even Tumblr can help your content gain significant exposure.

But each social media platform is distinct with different benefits and abilities. You need a simple process to tailor your social sharing to generate as much engagement as you can on each of these platforms."
socialmedia  NHblogging  blogging  tips  readthis 
may 2012
Blogger or Wordpress, which is better?
Good outline of the differences between Blogger and WordPress, which will be good to share with all of my potential Community Media Lab members (though the writing is a bit clunky).
NHblogging  blogging  readthis  Blogger  WordPress 
may 2012
Social Media Examiner: 19 Ways to Build Relationships With Blog Comments
"There are many ways to discuss how to cultivate and build relationships. I want to focus on blog comments—an often poorly understood and very underutilized tactic by individuals and businesses."
NHblogging  tips  readthis  blogging 
may 2012
WordPress.com: Bestselling Author Shares 3 Tips for Building Your Blog Audience
"We asked Rachel to share her advice on how to grow your blog audience. Here’s what she had to say"
NHblogging  blog  tips  readthis 
may 2012
Poynter: 8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users
Craig Silverman selects eight must-reads details how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users
tips  readthis  journalism  socialmedia  twitter 
april 2012
Webinar: Certificate of Advanced Study from the School of Library and Information Science
"Tune in here -- http://bit.ly/CASwebinar25April -- to find out how to apply, what the program involves, and how it can help you in your career. The School of Library and Information Science offers the Certificate of Advanced Study program for librarians already in the field to update and upgrade their professional skills. The programs are tailored to those who hold a master's degree in library and information science and are interested in expanding their professional skills."
watchthis  education  webinar  KentState  library_science 
april 2012
10,000 Words: 5 Ways Journalists Can Use GetGlue
Elena Zak suggests five ways a newsroom can use GetGlue to engage with its audience.
socialmedia  journalism  tips  readthis 
april 2012
Zombie Journalism: How to Set Up A Chat Using CoveritLive
"Lauren Boyer, a business reporter at the York Daily Record/York Sunday News, contributed to the following step-by-step directions for setting up a live chat between readers and panelists using CoveritLive. Many of these steps would also work for setting up a liveblog on your site where multiple staffers could contribute and readers can leave comments and questions."
journalism  tools  tips  readthis 
april 2012
Social Media Examiner: 5 Ways to Create Highly Shareable Pinterest Pictures for Your Business
"Since the launch of Pinterest, bloggers and website owners have been amazed to see just how much traffic this social photo-sharing platform can generate for a site or particular post.

The power of Pinterest comes IF the image on the page or post is a real attention-grabber; in other words, “pinnable.”

So how do you create images that tell a story and intrigue the viewer, all in the split second they take to glance at it?"
Pinterest  socialmedia  tips  readthis 
april 2012
Get more out of Google
Tips and tricks for students conducting online research
Google  research  readthis  usethis 
april 2012
WordPress.com: How to get more page views for your blog
"“What makes a blog popular? What drives page views?” These are the questions that we’ve been trying to answer over the last few weeks. We were on a mission to dig into the data and analyze the strongest parameters that influence the flow of visitors to WordPress.com blogs."
NHblogging  blogging  tips  readthis 
april 2012
Mashable: Which Social Network Should You Use — and When? [INFOGRAPHIC]
"The business consultant network Zintro recently pulled research from more than a dozen sources including Mashable, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Quantcast to put together this nifty infographic, which will help you develop your social strategy."
socialmedia  socialnetworking  readthis  fun  graphic 
april 2012
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