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How Natgeo is ‘opening the yellow border’

I thought that was an interesting turn of phrase from digital manager Keith W Jenkins, who talked about getting the magazine’s digital outlets to focus on its core strength: Photography.

Images are “The great attractor in the online connected space,” he said.

“We make things, we’re not just decorating the room with things,” Sarah Leen said about the magazine and the organization overall.

Illustrating his point, Jenkins shared the enormous success story of their latest version of UGC, called “YourShot” and provided a sneak peak of their upcoming site redesign.

Leen also showed samples from the magazine’s recent photography issue, which I was moved to download for my iPad. Of particular interest: their layouts for touchscreen images and an essay on the future of photography.



— Phil Tenser, KMGH

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Key takeaways from #NewsVis presentations

Here are some of my top notes and ideas from the first session I attended

Nicholas Diakopoulos, Columbia 
Premise “social media is people” building trust with sources, proximate, time relevant
Unofficial source credibility grows with influence in the convo

Sergio Goldenberg, GT
“CMS are the worst thing that has happened to news” suggests they limit presentation possibilities, that visualizations come through other tools embedded into cms

Deok Gun Park, Purdue
Promotion of discussion v paradox of choice: hypothesis that more is better, but too many choices yields info overload

Ramik Sadana, GT
Found participants they used a variation of gestures for single purposes, but also didn’t tend to try new gestures
Traditional method of coping with touchscreen is “enlarge and optimize” but that uses too many menus

Sara Quinn, Poynter
Tablet users prefer horizontal configuration
Found people liked that editors made judgement about what is important
Carousel display was surprisingly popular (50%), but others found it overwhelming and disorganized

— Phil Tenser, KMGH


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3 things I hope ONA13 can answer for me

Seen on a walking exploration of downtown Atlanta Wednesday night.

Seen on a walking exploration of downtown Atlanta Wednesday night.

Since I pushed for the opportunity to come to this conference, I should probably have a more eloquent way of saying that “I wanna learn some neat stuff.”

But really, that’s the primary goal. I want to meet people and hear about newsrooms that are doing things that challenge my standard approaches.

Before you can find answers, young grasshopper, you need to find the questions– Isn’t that how it goes?

So here are the three things I hope ONA13 will answer for me:

  1. How have the best organizations managed the discordant duo of the immediacy of digital journalism and in-depth storytelling of the BIG-J variety?
  2. I (we?) typically think about journalism with true depth on the WWW and journalism for “snacking” consumers on the apps. Has anyone got good plans for putting in-depth investigative journalism onto mobile devices?
  3. Big data seems to be a (fascinating) big theme in the journalism world, the ONA conference and all of the IRE publications I keep getting. How can I get a start on those journalism tools, and on creative presentations for the resulting data?

— Phil Tenser, 7NEWS

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