Whitney Mathews


Beginner’s guide to using Photoshop in your newsroom

As an online editor at the Lawrence Journal World, part of my job is to constantly expand and adjust my skill set. I’m always looking for new tricks or technologies to learn and use in our news coverage. Until … Read more

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8 must-have iPhone & Android apps for covering breaking news

At the Lawrence Journal World, we recently outfitted our reporters with iPhone 4s — a move that has yielded multiple advantages.

Having been an iPhone owner for years, I’ve compiled a list of apps for reporters and bloggers to download … Read more

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How to use fun (and free) data visualization tools for online storytelling

Some stories can be tough to visualize and make interactive on the Web. Many times, they involve boring data sets that are difficult to read, or aren’t visually stimulating enough for video or photos.

Here are a few fun, free … Read more

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How to effectively use Facebook mentions to engage users, share content

Facebook is a “walled garden”; its users value their privacy settings, and you can only see the information that they allow you to access. Despite these restrictions, there are still ways to reach new communities — you just have to … Read more

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How to organize & promote your news organization’s social networks

Social networks present new tools for exchanging information with your audience. But how can you help your audience know where to find you? Rather than rely on search, many news organizations are now using public directories to list their social … Read more

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How to lessen social media security risks from third-party apps

How much time has gone by since you joined Twitter? How about Facebook?

According to WhenDidYouJoinTwitter.com, my Twitter birthday is April 26, 2008. Since that day, I’ve sent out more than 9,600 tweets and gained over 1,700 followers. I’ve … Read more

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5 Twitter tips for the TV anchor (or anyone)

KMBC-TV anchor Kris Ketz — who was recently named one of “Local TV’s Top Tweeters” by Broadcasting & Cable magazine — has come up with some effective tips for using Twitter as a TV anchor. I talked with him about … Read more

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How to use Twitter hashtags: Everything you want to know but were afraid to ask

A hashtag is two things: a label and a filter. Using a hashtag in your tweets is like flagging them as relevant to a specific topic — the topic being the hashtag. By searching for a specific label, users filter … Read more

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