Why I organized Narcan training for journalists

Solutions Journalism used to be sort of a buzz word, a trend. I’d show up to conferences and inevitably find a session about it, half of which was spent explaining the concept and answering questions that started with, “No, this isn’t advocacy.” Continue reading Why I organized Narcan training for journalists

Promotion: I’m now the editor of Billy Penn

After nearly three years with our small Philly media startup, I’ve been promoted to editor of Billy Penn.

This comes during an exciting time for our parent company, Spirited Media, but I’m most excited about what’s ahead for our seven-person staff in Philly. Continue reading Promotion: I’m now the editor of Billy Penn

Panel moderation: What If Innovation Festival

Business and journalism rarely come together they way they should at conferences. So I was delighted to moderate a panel at the What If Innovation Festival last month at Temple University.

The festival was organized by and targeted to students at the Fox School of Business, and I moderated three lightening panels with Philadelphia entrepreneurs about starting, growing and sustaining young businesses. Continue reading Panel moderation: What If Innovation Festival

My mobile-first journalism presentation and other highlights from the 2016 J/i Conference

I found my people in February in Gainesville. They were the speakers and guests at the Journalism Interactive Conference at the University of Florida, where I hosted a session about mobile news.

Anyone who’s been to a journalism conference knows these things can be hit or miss. The session about monetization turns out to be some guy talking about why his newspaper is the special exception to the downward spiral of ad revenue. The social media workshop is run by some newsroom’s intern whose presentation is all fluff and no strategy.

I learned a lot at J/i, but I also had some very interesting conversations with journalists and journalism instructors doing important, innovative work. I don’t love talking about journalism and journalists; I’d much rather do it and teach it. J/i was full of people just like that who were there to talk about what they’re trying and figure out how to incorporate one another’s successes into their newsrooms and classrooms. Continue reading My mobile-first journalism presentation and other highlights from the 2016 J/i Conference

I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, and our team is expanding

Some exciting news: I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, the mobile news website I joined pre-launch in 2014.

The new title comes on the heels of a broader announcement for our company — an investment from Gannett that will allow us to hire more positions in Philly and launch new brands in other markets. Continue reading I’m now the managing editor for Billy Penn, and our team is expanding

Think like a reader: Tips from my ONACamp presentation in Indianapolis

First let me say the day-long mini conference the Online News Association invited me to present at in Indianapolis was impressive in many ways.

  • There were some great presenters from all over the country, including Storyful’s Mandy Jenkins, who shared useful some social search tips without overstating the obvious.
  • The Indianapolis Star was a great host (they have Mt. Dew cans!), and people drove from as far as Ohio and St. Louis to attend.
  • Attendees were a refreshing mix of reporters, editors, producers and social media managers from all kinds of publications (shout-out to Angie’s List, who showed up 15 strong).

ONA does these “camps” regularly, and I was invited to present alongside Josh Stearns, director of journalism & sustainability at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and a must-follow source for local news engagement strategies. Continue reading Think like a reader: Tips from my ONACamp presentation in Indianapolis

Doing more with less in a newsroom: My BarCamp News Innovation presentation

The very first presentation I ever gave to group of professional peers was at Philly’s BarCamp News Innovation in 2009. I was about to graduate from Temple University’s School of Media & Communication and had just launched NEast Philly. Along came the first-ever BCNI and a couple hundred journalists eager to talk about news. Conveniently located in Temple’s Journalism School building, no less.

Six years later, and I’ve presented twice more at BCNI — three years ago on behalf of NewsWorks, where I was transitioning a breaking news blog into a social media strategy, and two weeks ago in my current role as Billy Penn’s community manager.

I prepared a few slides, seen below, about Billy Penn’s strategy for doing more with less and making our five-person team look and feel more like 50. Some highlights: Continue reading Doing more with less in a newsroom: My BarCamp News Innovation presentation