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:

Does journalism even need articles?

The hiring of Anthony De Rosa from Reuters as editor-in-chief has given fresh buzz to Circa, which does “atomized” content, adding nuggets of info to continuing stories. I’ve been using the app for awhile and, while I like it, it’s not yet got for me a compelling daily must-read. But the Circa team is onto something, something journalists should be paying attention too.

At this point, Circa doesn’t do original reporting (although De Rosa suggests that is something he’d like to see), but it does have human editors who are rewriting and shifting down news to just the new bits readers on mobile devices need to know to “catch up.” It’s only a mobile app; there’s no companion website or tablet app.

Give Circa a try; see what you think.

More mobile friendly design

I’ve switched this website to a more mobile friendly design. It’s the new “Rainier” template that ships with Movable Type 5.2.2.

Still doing a lot of finish work, but I like it so far.

Mary Meeker: Mobile to pass PCs as way to get on Internet before you think

Mary Meeker

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Pay attention to what Morgan Stanley‘s Mary Meeker says.

That bit of advice Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Intermedia, passed along to the audience last Friday at the “Smart Phones for Smart Journalists” workhop at the John Seigenthaler Center on the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville.

Coincidentally on Monday, Mathew Ingram of GigaOM, did a post on Mary Meeker’s predictions about mobile, a space in which the firm of Tallent makes its living developing applications.

Meeker presented her latest “State of the Internet” at Google’s headquarters on Monday afternoon.

The two big ideas of her presentation are that in five years more people will connect to the Internet on mobile devices than desktop PCs and that social networking is already bigger than e-mail.

Her whole presentation is in embedded in Ingram’s post. Like Tallent said “pay attention” or you might end up with those who, as Meeker said on a slide, “Will Wonder What Just Happened.”

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