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Going where your audience is (and newspapers mostly aren’t)

This week I teamed up with an old colleague, Steve Buist of the Hamilton Spectator, to spend a half day or so with editorial staff from the Metroland West community newspapers at their annual Editorial Training Day.

Steve spent an hour and a half offering a highly personalized tour of the web tools he relies on for his – need I say it? – award-winning investigative reporting, with a focus on online court and government documents and databases. Steve has garnered multiple National Newspaper Awards and nominations for his work on topics like the food we eat (A Pig’s

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Seven Ways to Write Like a Digital Native

I originally developed this web writing checklist for my Writing for the Web class in WebU, but am reposting it here today because I’m giving a short seminar on this topic here at the Star. Additionally, one of the best resources for Writing for the Web has to be Jacob Nilson’s collection of posts on the topic at Useit.com

Here are seven ways to get the most out of the web when publishing a story. Stop before posting ANY story and ask how you can enrich it for the reader:

1) Are there original documents you can link to?

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The Top 1,002 Internet Tools for Journalists

It’s Wordstock time again. It’s probably Canada’s longest-running annual professional development day for journalists and I got a chance to host two workshops – a panel on place blogging with David Topping of Toronto.ist and Tim Shore of Blog.To and the perennial Top Tools workshop. I felt pretty ambivalent about the Top Tools piece – I mean, who doesn’t already have a toolbox crammed to overflowing with useful, cool and free tools? I felt that way last year too when I did it, but my audience surprised me by being large and enthusiastic. And it quickly became obvious that

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