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And read the full Twitter bio before making any decisions

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"I can’t have journalists spending a ton of time data processing stuff. Instead I need them reporting."

— AP Managing Editor Lou Ferrara, about earnings-report stories written with automation tech

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The new newsroom theme song

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Read it and tell the SPJ what you think here: http://postdispat.ch/UaCr8q

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Twitter analytics

If you’re active on Twitter, and curious how your tweets and links are doing in reaching followers, see Beth O’Malley for a quick explanation of analytics.

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"Before posting something about your work or a news event or an issue, even if you’re putting it on what you think of as a personal page, ask this question: “Is it helping my journalism, or is it hurting my journalism?”"

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skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

(via npr)

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sarahmarshall3:

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?

Joanna Geary (@JoannaUK), head of news at Twitter UK, came in to the London newsroom of…

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Twitter training tomorrow (Wednesday)

Don’t forget - training on Twitter tomorrow (Wednesday, which ruins the alliteration), 11 a.m. in suite 500. 

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— Beth O’Malley, 1 p.m. Thursday

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