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July 4, 2010 / Richard Smart

An exercise in digital journalism

Me and Rick Martin set ourselves an assignment today: Bang out a piece on a protest as fast as possible and using digital journalism techniques. It’s here.

Rick will be blogging on the tools he used to do the photo slideshow in the next few days, but for now here are some of my thoughts:

1) Collaborate: Rick did the YouTube vid, I did the writing. We both brought skills to the table that added value to the piece, and it is stronger because of that.

2) Use social media: The piece received comments from people involved in news organizations, the U.S. military and general readers. If this was a “real” piece of journalism (as opposed to an experiment) then we could have used the comments to make the story better.

3) Look at what we did and copy it: A piece of journalism online with a slideshow and sound is going to be better than a piece of journalism with a single pic on many occasions. Rick will show you how to copy this in his post.

4) Look at the timing: This piece was online before the protest had even finished. If you or your media organization are not working at that speed, you got scooped by two guys sitting in Wired cafe this afternoon. Readers will note this, so should you.

5) Pay attention to JRC: This news organization is leading the way, and this post is a good start for those wanting to know more.


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  1. Armchair Asia / Jul 4 2010 7:43 pm

    Ricky and I…
    Please tell us a bit more of yourself. My guess you are an aspiring journalist and a Japanese woman, with better than average English.
    Ourmaninabiko does have a soft spot for blogs by women, after all.

  2. richardsmart / Jul 5 2010 1:00 am

    Our man has let himself down. We are both males. And both native speakers (are there that many mistakes in my posts?) He is a tech correspondent and budding writer on a bunch of other stuff. I’m a freelancer about town with a few publications. Both of us much more aspiring journalists than established though.

    Will be developing pages about contributors in the coming weeks.

  3. Rick Martin / Jul 5 2010 3:50 am

    Perhaps my man-boobs are misleading…

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