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Journalism and the web: what should be built next?

Max Freund (@Max_Freund), interactive media journalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Zack Kucharski (@zackkucharski), newsroom manager of the Gazette, will be talking about some of the web-based projects the Gazette has done, and other compelling online journalism examples from around the web.

Once we talk about the past, we will turn an eye to what the future may hold. The Gazette is interested in hearing ideas for online journalism projects that could leave a lasting impact online - this includes potentially hiring local developers to implement these projects.

So come to hear about projects that have been done, and stay to brainstorm about what might be next... and maybe even be chosen to create it!

 

As usual, after the meetup everyone is invited to head over to Gus's for beverages and appetizers!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I keep coming back to this topic to share things. I must have really enjoyed it. Anyway, here's a very well organized plotting of articles on a timeline. http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yahoo acquired http://summly.com/. Indicative of people's behavior of consuming lots of information and needing to get through it fast.

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good explanation of experimentation the NYT is doing around comments. They talk about creating a collection of tools they can use to reassemble in response to breaking news.

    http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/03/habemus-opinionem-the-new-york-times-experiments-with-more-structured-online-comments/

    March 16, 2013

  • Matthew S.

    Here is the app I recommended as an example of breaking down a story's history, and allowing users to subscribe, and get a ping when there is an update. http://cir.ca/

    The Gazette has such an extensive archive, it would be amazing if that was made available in some guided, easily navigable way. Lots of work, I'm sure! Though, thinking of it as an archive could be a good investment for increasing time spent on-site (think how easy it is to get lost article-jumping on wikipedia...)

    Drew and I just launched a new Little Village site today. We are still tweaking, but I'd be glad to know what you think! We went with a responsive theme, Wordpress based.

    Thanks for the great session, I look forward to following all of your projects!

    March 14, 2013

  • John W.

    Here's another site that I have been enjoying: http://qz.com/

    Quartz - not local, but good reporting

    March 14, 2013

    • Matthew S.

      I love this site, the navigation is very slick, especially on tablet.

      March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One big topic we discussed was tracking a story over time. A guy in Des Moines worked on the WGNTV site and integrated a story timeline. This is just one way to solve it, but it seems like a way to get started that is relatively easy to implement and maintain. I think we discussed similar solutions using tags on stories.

    Example:
    http://wgntv.com/entertainment/stories/awards-season-with-dean-richards/

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Karl B.

    Glad so many could make it!
    While you're riding out the snowstorm, here are a few links from the meetup:
    http://littlevillagemag.com/
    http://thegazette.com/linn-county-casino-vote/
    http://www.texastribune.org/
    http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/

    I've also posted the ideas from last night in the message boards, so feel free to continue the discussion there!

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion and feedback

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Adrian W.

    Very interesting and engaging!

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Graduating from Kirkwoods' Graphic Communication Tech degree program this Spring. Hoping to network and keep abreast of local tech community.

    February 18, 2013

  • John W.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to come to the Meetup this night, but would absolutely LOVE to be there.

    While I'm not a journalist in any sense of the word, I love good news and think that online news has a long way to go. I might be biased thinking that traditional news outlets won't be able to reach the next level of online journalism (too driven by profit and tradition). However, I believe that doesn't mean that INDIVIDUALS from the organization don't know what they're doing and how to get to the next level.

    It's a long-standing dream of mine to have a PROPER online news source for Iowa. Online news that provides the news that we need to hear and the in-depth reporting that becomes more infrequent every day with the constant drive for pageviews and ad impressions. So, if there's anything like the above that comes out of next week's conversation, I'd love to be a part of it.

    (As a note, I was a producer for a PBS station in MN, and that did color my opinion on news.)

    February 14, 2013

  • Fitzgerald S.

    This sounds really fun!

    February 8, 2013

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