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Getting the Most Out of Smartphones – Carl Corry

By - OSU student blogger



In today’s pursuit of news gathering, less is more, said Carl Corry, online editor for local news at Newsday and a speaker at Tuesday’s KipCamp, a short-term fellowship designed to help journalists make better use of online tools.

“Everyone should have either an iPhone or an Android,” he said.

Corry stressed that being “multimedia lite” — using as little bulky technology as possible — is essential. Harnessing speed, audience interaction and robust storytelling are critical to build job skills expected in the field today.

Journalists should not hesitate to incorporate smartphones into their everyday work.

“The time is now,” Corry said.

 “Must-Haves” for Smartphones

 Corry encourages journalists to survey their surroundings for available resources. You can cut costs by using wireless providers with the best connectivity (Corry likes Verizon), syncing with free networks in coffee shops, and using airplane mode on your smartphone. It is vital, he said, to monitor battery life.

“Always keep your battery in mind. In the cold weather, the battery life drains even faster than normal,” said Corry.

To improve battery life, consider getting a portable battery “juice pack” such as Morphie Juice Pack ($100) or New Trent iGeek external portable battery ($60). Continue reading

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Tips for Best Use of Social Media


Social media trainer and journalist Jeff Cutler taught Kiplinger Fellows how to leverage the latest social tools to research stories and engage audiences at Monday’s session of 2014 KipCamp.

“Social tools are not here forever,” he said. “Don’t fall in love with the tools.”

Search engines

The most basic tools are search engines. Google is one of the best tools a journalist can use, Cutler said, in today’s technology-driven society. He suggested setting up Google Alerts to get notifications from news outlets and sources.

“Google is king/queen,” he said. “It’s free, accurate mostly, comprehensive . . . Alerts do the work for you. You must be smart about choosing phrasing but you get better at it over time.”

He doesn’t recommend Bing, which he said means “Bing Is Not Google.” It is more commercial in nature.

He also suggested using several search engine aggregators, including Addict-o-matic and DuckDuckGo. A synopsis of search engines is at Continue reading

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Social Media Trends for Journalists – Robert Hernandez



Robert Hernandez is a web-based journalist who says his whole professional career has been “nerding out in the name of journalism.”

The assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism spoke at Monday’s KipCamp, a short-term fellowship designed to help journalists make better use of online tools.

Although technology trends shift with society, journalism will survive, he said. “Journalism will outlive Facebook.”

Hernandez outlined his five rules of engagement in social media.

Rule 1: Journalism first, technology second.

Journalists’ primary job is to collect information, distribute it and inform their community.

“If you believe content is king, like I do, it’s not about the device, it’s about the content — but the content optimized for the user of the device.

“You’re a lazy journalist if you only rely on social media. You’re a lazy journalist if you don’t use it,” he said. Continue reading

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