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What it takes to make hyperlocal journalism work

AOL’s decision to close or sell unprofitable Patch sites and lay off staffers has renewed attention to hyperlocal journalism in recent weeks.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier, associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, is tracking how the Patch changes have affected the hyperlocal news landscape. She has done research and writing on hyperlocal news throughout the years and has a lot of ideas about what it takes to make this type of journalism work.

She shared some of her ideas in a live chat, which you can replay here:

 

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Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2013

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How journalists can build powerful brands

Editor’s note: Unfortunately, this chat has been postponed. We are rescheduling it and will update this post once we’ve determined a new date.

In today’s career chat, we’ll talk with Dan Schawbel, author of the just-published, “Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success.” Schawbel is also author of “Me 2.0″ and founder of Millennial Branding, a Gen-Y research and management consulting firm.

From 3 to 4 p.m. ET, we will talk about what a career brand is — and is not — and how journalists can develop brands that make them unique in the marketplace. Strong journalistic brands do for people what they do companies; they lead to greater reach and opportunity.

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Tuesday, Aug. 06, 2013

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How journalists can become more familiar with programming

In our latest career chat, we talked with Michelle Minkoff and Nathan Griffiths, two interactive producers from the Associated Press.

They talked about how all journalists can become more familiar with programming and play a bigger role in creating interactive content. The work can take a couple directions: One is to collaborate more with developers, (something Minkoff has written about before for Poynter.org); the other is to actually learn some programming skills. Minkoff and Griffiths will offer advice for people wanting to take either direction and will answer your questions.

You can replay the chat here:

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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How to boost your narrative journalism skills, experience

In today’s career chat, we talked with Joe Donnelly, executive editor of Mission and State — a site that aims to deliver “powerful, deeply reported, richly experienced narratives” from Santa Barbara, Calif. The site features investigative and explanatory journalism delivered on multimedia platforms.

During the chat, Donnelly talked about how narratives are told now, how journalists can grow their narrative skills, and where they can get published. Donnelly is the founding publisher and co-editor of the longform journal Slake: Los Angeles and was the deputy editor of LA Weekly.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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What journalists need to know about changes in investigative reporting

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist John Sullivan has a unique hybrid position that is pushing the conventions of how reporting gets done. Recently, he was jointly hired by Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University and The Washington Post.

That alliance allows him to bring investigative reporting training to the classroom and bring university resources to the Post.

During this week’s career chat, Sullivan talked about inventive new strategies that sustain investigative reporting and offer tips for those who are already doing investigative reporting and those who want to do more of it.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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How photojournalists can improve their job security

The Chicago Sun-Times’ decision to lay off its entire photo staff raises important questions about how photographers can keep themselves in high demand. During this week’s career chat, we talked with Jeff Knox, senior director of photography at the Chicago-area Daily Herald and president of the Associated Press Photo Managers.

Knox talked about how photojournalists can fireproof their career — by creating new opportunities for themselves, developing new skills and increasing their ability to adapt to changes.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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How journalists can turn a passion into a startup news site

During this week’s career chat, we talked with science and health reporter Jane Stevens, who turned her passion into a news startup, ACEs Too High. (ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences.)

The site — which focuses on how childhood trauma affects people and the science and policy surrounding that issue — has attracted foundation support and has a companion social network for professionals. We chatted with Stevens about sizing the potential for a website, launching it, seeking support and retaining independence.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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How journalists can create new beats, niches

In the crowded world of sports journalism, Justin Rice created his own beat by writing about Boston’s high school sports teams — a topic that he thought was undercovered. Rice created his own website, Boston Public School Sports, which the Boston Globe has since picked up.

Rice, who was recently featured in Forbes, shared advice about how to carve out opportunities to do what you like most in journalism, and how to turn an idea into reality. He drew on his own experiences and also answered related questions from chat participants.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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How mentors can help accelerate journalism careers

Few successful journalists make it all on their own. Most have help from mentors and become mentors themselves.

During this week’s career chat, we’ll talk with Randall Yip, senior producer at KGO-TV in San Francisco. Yip and I are co-directors of the Asian American Journalists Association’s national mentoring program.

We talked how to find a mentor, how to be a mentor, and why mentoring is so important in journalism. We also explained what constitutes successful mentoring — whether you’re mentoring someone through a formal program or on an informal journalist-to-journalist basis.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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How journalists can make the most of newsroom internships

The busiest internship season of the year is just beginning, and we want to prepare interns and newsrooms for some great experiences.

During today’s career chat, we talked with Joanna Hernandez, director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining CUNY, Hernandez worked in more than half a dozen newsrooms, including The Washington Post, Newsday, The New York Daily News, The New York Times Regional Media Group, The Star-Ledger and the San Francisco Examiner. Hernandez is also a past president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

Hernandez talked about how interns can make the most of their internships, how newsrooms can best help interns, and where young journalists can look for internships. You can replay the chat here:

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