Get signed up for the NewsTrain stop in Tennessee


Join us for an APME NewsTrain workshop at Middle Tennessee State University 30-Oct 1 in Murfreesboro. Organizers hope to train 75-100 journalists.

The early bird rate of $75 expires Sept. 1, so register now!

And if you ar a journalism student or educator, you might get to go free! For successful diversity scholarship applicants, the $75 registration fee is waived. Journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds need to apply by Aug. 25 here. (Winners must pay their own travel expenses.)

NewsTrain training is an incredible bargain and a great way to add new skills.

The podcast "Just Not Sports" tackles the abuse and harassment women sports writers face in online comments with a video of "regular guy" sports fans reading comments to two women sports journalists.

Here is what a post on the podcast's website said about the video:

#MoreThanMean hopes to open guys' eyes - by having them open their mouths. The video shows what happens when real sports fans read real online comments made about women sports reporters ... right to their faces.

In reading the statements out loud to women journalists, guys are forced to experience, sometimes for the first time, the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out. It serves as proof most sports fans would NEVER say these things to another person - so we shouldn't type this garbage, either.

Posted April 26, 2016, the video went viral, being seen by 3.15 millions times by Sunday.

Listen to one of the sports journalists in the video, Julie DiCaro, talking about online abuse.

The Guardian is trying to bring "The Web Web Want" and the web we've got closer together in one of the most indepth looks at the negative issues of online comments and how to fix it in a series called "The Web We Want."

The Guardian says it gets 50,000 comments a day, sometimes spiking up to 70,000 a day. It's asking readers for ideas on how to make online conversations -- or at least commenting -- better.

Below, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with the Guardian's series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik about the effort.


The American Press Institute has published a new report on paywalls at U.S. newspapers that finds that "everybody''s doing it."

It's a good picture of the landscape if you need the stats, but here's the short version:

The potential revenue generated by digital subscriptions is still murky at best. It is not clear whether digital subscriptions were mostly a "one-time" cash infusion that simply capitalized on the most loyal digital readers who were always willing to pay or if newspapers will be able to consistently persuade more people to sign up in years to come. Newspaper executives are hesitant to disclose financial details about digital subscriptions.

Chicago Tribune

These are trends I've never seen.

For a man leading a digital revolution, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is surprisingly sanguine about the enduring value of newspapers.

He believes they're still likely to exist in 10 years, and that 20-somethings will keep picking up the newspaper-reading habit, he said in an interview this week.

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Tribune's PR folks "clarified" his comments a bit to the Vox Media site re/code.

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ICD-UX533Still like a voice recorder for capturing interviews instead of a smartphone?

But don't know what to buy?

The Wirecutter may have done the evaluation for you. This week, the site recommended the Sony ICD-UX533 as its pick for "best voice recorder" (just $78 from B&H Photo) The site's criteria was the voice recorder had to cost under a $100.

They trimmed a pool of dozens of recorders down to eight that were looked at closely. Of those, the Sony model was the pick.

Take a look at what it said and how it tested.

Here's the SLAM ToolKit for journalists


Do you have a "SLAM ToolKit?"

I presented what I call the SLAM ToolKit for journalists this afternoon to the Tennessee Press Association meeting in Knoxville.

SLAM stands for:

  • Simple
  • Lean
  • Affordable
  • Mobile

Yeah, it's corny, but, hopefully, memorable.

You can see the deck here. In many categories, there may be better picks (and if there are, I'd like to know about them), but the first choices reflect apps I have used, at least a bit.

More mobile tools and resources for journalists.

Periscope is the buzz currently. If you are interested in using the streaming video app in news coverage, here are some general best practices and tips:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment Center put out its annual State of the First Amendment report on Thursday.

Some highlights:

* Only 19 percent of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees -- the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, a big shift from last year when 38 percent said the First Amendment went too far.

* 70 percent said the media is biased, 15 points higher than last year, but not as high as in 2011 when it reach 76 percent.

* Cameras Always On Dept.: 88 percent believe citizens should be able to record police activity, and 83 percent believe that any footage from police "body cams" should be part of the public record.

See full report (PDF).


Digital Leads: 10 keys to newsroom transformationSteve Buttry, a longtime digital pioneer, agent provocateur for newsroom change and currently the Lamar Family Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University, has done a series of blog posts over the past week on the "Four Platform Newsroom" effort of the former Scripps newspapers.

Working with the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California at Annenberg, the "Four Platform" program set out to "transform" the newsrooms of the 13 newspapers then owned by E.W. Scripps and now known as the "Baker's Dozen Newspapers" of  the Journal Media Group.

The effort, underway since 2012 and led by Mizell Stewart III, includes the Knoxville News Sentinel, where I work. A report on the initiative was issued this past Tuesday: Digital Leads: 10 keys to newsroom transformation.

Here's Buttry's coverage:

Scripps' 'Digital Leads': a strategy and process for newsroom transformation

Editors explain Four Platform Newsroom details

Silas Lyons explains the Four Platform Newsroom approach in Redding, Calif.

Michelle Rogers shares links showing newsroom transformation