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Five Google tools journalists don't use but should

Five Google tools journalists don't use but should
Google logo via You may think you know Google, but here are lesser-known tools that can help journalists with everything from reporting on natural disasters to hunting for new sources. Google featured these tools in a recent digital media training session for Pakistani journalists hosted by the International Center for Journalists. The session was led by Sean Carlson, global communications manager, and Robert Boorstin, the director of public policy for the global search company. IJNet found these five tools that can simplify reporting and give stories a dynamic approach: Google Moderator – It’s the perfect tool for crowdsourcing story ideas. Public Data Explorer – After browsing through available stats found online, use this data visualization tool to find a story in the numbers. Fusion Tables – When you’re dealing with intense heaps of data that took months to independently gather, you can use this tool to visualize and publish your data to find clear patterns.

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4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. As a freelancer or job seeker, it is important to have a resume that stands out among the rest — one of the more visually pleasing options on the market today is the infographic resume. An infographic resume enables a job seeker to better visualize his or her career history, education and skills. Unfortunately, not everyone is a graphic designer, and whipping up a professional-looking infographic resume can be a difficult task for the technically unskilled job seeker. How to: best post news on Twitter and Facebook SMO is the new SEO, according to the US-based Online News Association which held a conference session on that theme. But while "Social Media Optimisation may be as important as Search Engine Optimisation for content distribution ... far different rules apply," the ONA said. Beyond the jargon and acronyms SMO is about understanding the best time and frequency to post to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. This guide includes 10 lessons from three experts in social media optimisation, who have all carried out research, analysing tweets and Facebook page updates.

Getting Rankings into GA Using Custom Variables The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Gathering rankings is one of the most annoying and time consuming tasks of an SEO consultant's work. Because of search personalization, it can be near impossible to find accurate rankings for keywords to report to clients or to use to gauge our work's effectiveness.

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Marketing, Journalism, and Truth as Competitive Advantage I had a very interesting question come across my desk from {grow} community member John Bethune: In the minds of most people, journalism and marketing were once diametrically opposed. Has that changed in the social media era? A great question! And, in fact, I think the social web has brought these disciplines together in a number of surprising ways. "Sam Spratt Illustration" What, in your opinion, has been the biggest effect of the internet on art?How do you get noticed in the contemporary art scene when there are so many artists on the internet and social media? With so much plagiarism and emulations of artworks, how do you keep your artworks so original? How do you make sure you style is distinct so that people know it is yours?How different is it selling art online then in a gallery?

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10 tips for recording a better interview The most exciting power of great multimedia storytelling is the potential to give a voice to those who would otherwise go ignored. I’m deep into teaching undergraduate students on Kingston University’s journalism program the basics of producing good video stories. They recently finished their first film, portraits of fellow students and how they feel about their job prospects in light of high youth unemployment. A dry-ish topic, and so their challenge was to tease good stories from their subjects, find specific angles and get to the nub of the issue. The key to doing this is the interview: in most great online video stories & portraits it forms the spine of the narrative.

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