Sarah Hartley

Journo stuff I’ve collected on 10/17/2014

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  • “A person who never leaves the office, or never uses a telephone, or never asks a question on Twitter is not reporting. You can only get so much news from your own mind. If you’re doing that, you’re a source, not a reporter. “

    tags: twitter tweetdeck sources journalism

  • “A guide to advanced newsgathering using Tweetdeck

    Tweetdeck is a powerful newsgathering tool. But are you using all the tips and tricks to mean you get to the story before it breaks? Do you know how to hone in to find key contacts?”

    tags: twitter tweetdeck

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October 17th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Mapped: Contributoria stories from October

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Image: Dean Vipond.

 

One of the most inspiring things about working on Contributoria.com has been the global spread of issues and interests our writers have demonstrated.

Here is just a snapshot – this month’s issue mapped, simply touch the image to explore the world of stories.

Although most active in the UK and Europe (not surprising considering that’s where the team is based) the growing community of writers has also been turning their attention further afield.

The global nature of the coverage is something we noticed from day one on the platform and is continuing apace, helping to answer one of our initial aims in starting the site by exposing new writers and stories that might not otherwise emerge.

If I had to pick three personal favourites from this month which show that diversity, I’d suggest taking a look at Naomi Klein: “We’re not who we were told we were” (Canada), Kalashnikovs and cameras on the road to Syrian freedom (Syria) and Who makes the best cup of tea: George Orwell or Douglas Adams? (UK).

The full range of articles from the October issue can be access via the map above or by continent here:

UK

Europe

Americas

Middle East

Africa

Indian subcontinent

Image: Dean Vipond

If you’d like to join the freelance writers on Contributoria.com and get paid for your original journalism – from anywhere in the world – join us here.
And if you’d like a print edition or e-reader of the best stories from our online issue each month, then you can sign-up for those there too.

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October 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 09/24/2014

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September 24th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 09/21/2014

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  • “Matter will fund one such story this fall in our first annual International Reporting Fellowship.

    We will award one $10,000 grant to a writer or team of journalists so that he or she may investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance—or local stories of global interest. We’re open to a broad range of topics and interests, though we’re looking for stories that are provocative, timely, and idea-driven. It’s our mission to take big swings at big issues, and this story should reflect that.”

    tags: matter international reporting fellowship

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September 21st, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Collaborating on stories – getting the message out with shareable interactives

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I’ve been experimenting with different ways to get the message out about the opportunity to collaborate on stories I’m working on and came across this neat way to embed multimedia elements into a single picture. Called http://www.thinglink.com, it means you can embed the links to other media (using different styles of icons) and create an easily shareable final interactive image. No code required.

Simply mouse over the image and the buttons to click onto for additional material become visible.

I’m just about to finish this story about a charity working with entrepreneurs in Congo which has been funded by members of Contributoria and so have created this particular image in a bid to spread the word here on my blog, via my newsletter, on Twitter and Facebook etc.

But it’s very easy to see how it could be powerfully applied to a news feature with multimedia elements emanating from a strong picture too.

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September 21st, 2014 at 11:22 am

Getting independent journalism to new audiences @Contributoria

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Having a printed newspaper certainly gets you noticed! Obvious in many ways, maybe, but for a digital start-up, using the power of print might not seem the most likely route but it’s certainly paying off for us at Contributoria.com.

As fellow co-founder Matt McAlister says on his own blog:

We weren’t exactly surprised to see so much interest in the printed version of Contributoria because we intuitively believed people would like it in newspaper format, particularly if it was designed nicely. But the effect on the business has been more than just a nice-to-have.

First and most obvious is that people understand what we’re up to. The mental leap required for understanding community-powered journalism can be challenging even for people who are in the business. But it only takes one or two seconds to explain it when you can give someone the output of what we’re doing to hold in their hands.

They’re encouraged to hear that our business model is about membership in a community, but that sometimes requires an explanation. When they see the newspaper they see quality journalism, and that’s something everyone understands.”

And, most importantly, it’s getting our writers noticed too. All the articles published on the platform are provided under a non-commercial share and attribution licence.

This means blogs and other non-profits can use them at no extra cost and we organise a re-licensing fee for commercial publishers (which is shared with the writer). Having the re-licensing button added to the bottom of each article has made this aspect easier to understand this month.

The first Contributoria writer to have an article syndicated to The Guardian was Rich McEachran with this article about edible packaging and there’s soon to be more appearing there too.

It’s also working internationally – prolific Contributoria writer Danielle Batist has found her way over to the South African Big Issue with her piece about London’s exiled Zimbabwe radio while Peter Dorrie’s piece about the politics of fishing in Africa is informing folk via the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty.

The Women’s Environmental Network is featuring Fanny Malinen’s article on food sovereignty and I think we’ve all lost track of the number of outlets which Jen Wilton and Liam Barrington-Bush’s piece about the Spanish town of Marinaleda has reached – New Internationalist, The EcologistTruth Out, Yes! MagazineROAR Magazine….this list goes on.

Exciting times indeed. If you’d like be a part of this community of independent journalists, you can sign up here.

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September 9th, 2014 at 9:46 am

Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/28/2014

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August 28th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/27/2014

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  • tags: market freelance

      • You know that thing where you suddenly get tagged into a conversation you’ve not initiated and wonder why you’re being bombarded on Twitter. Well that!I’m still at a loss as to why Contributoria, the platform I co-founded and which has funded freelance journalists to the tune of THOUSANDS of pounds, was involved in quite such a furore but….here it is. 
    • There doesn’t seem like there is going to be much settling down in the media landscape any time soon and it’s certainly not going to get flatter (or fairer). Asking how we can be more responsible in cultivating that landscape seems a more positive one than finding ways to deal with a set of increasingly conflicting expectations.

       

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August 27th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/12/2014

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August 12th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/10/2014

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August 10th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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