Over at GeekDad, I talk with the man behind a monument to the first (and only?) cat in space.
Fascinating. Inspiring and daunting.
Today on the blog we’re tackling one of our most frequently asked questions: “Why don’t you digitize everything?” and its related runner-up, “When will you be putting all your records on the web?”
As archivists we like these questions because they tell us that people are eager for access to archival records. They also show that people realize that not everything is digitized. Indeed only a tiny fraction of the world’s primary resources are available digitally. This doesn’t mean that undigitized records are inaccessible or not worth consulting, but you will need to visit us archivists to use them.
In fact, archivists and librarians themselves are behind the abundance of primary sources already available on the internet. From rare books to official records and from diaries to sound recordings, digitized resources have spread the word (literally) that the past informs our present and our future. In the meantime, both non-profit and commercial organizations whose…
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Image: The State of Social Embeds
Every web journalist knows that linking is one of the most fundamental qualities of online journalism: a web article without links is like TV without moving images.
But in the last couple of years something else has become equally important: I’m talking about the embed.
Two years ago I noted how publishers were finally getting to grips with linking – and how embedding was a major factor in that.
As material from social media has become increasingly central to news stories, content management systems have finally been adapted to allow journalists to embed the very elements they were talking about: that controversial tweet; the Facebook reaction; the damning Instagram snap; the viral YouTube video.
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UPDATED 10/5/16: Scroll down for a sample social media plan from Colorado Public Radio.
In a Poynter class I’m teaching, we’ve been talking about the need to be strategic about how we produce our social channels.
It’s not enough to react to today’s news. We need to think about the mix of content. We need to share what we know people are talking about today, not just what our newsrooms feel like producing today. We need to share certain stories at certain times.
We need to think about what we published yesterday, last week or six months ago that might have new relevance today, and come up with a system to plan ahead for those posts.
Some of us also have lots of people jumping in and out of social posting in our newsrooms. It can be tough to know who’s in charge of which stories, which hours and which…
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