Kevin Loker


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A Trend to Watch: ‘Reader-Aware’ and ‘Responsive Content’

Digital

Right now we’re focused on responsive design. Perhaps after that comes responsive content. If you’re a reader of Nieman Reports, you’ll remember the cover story from early this fall, “Breaking [...]

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A Journalist’s Quick Primer on Who Uses Cell Phones (and How)

Digital

A big push in journalism right now? Mobile. An important piece of information for knowing how to make a good journalism strategy for mobile? How people actually use mobile. There [...]

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With ThingLink, Interactive Images in Tweets

Digital

We’ve given ThingLink a lot of love here at 10,000 Words, but the easy-to-use interactive image-maker merits another post because of its new functionality: working on the Twitters. Users can [...]

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Instagram, Like Other Social Media, a ‘Police Scanner’ for a Demographic

Digital

Recognizing a new tool at The Boston Globe is a gateway to worthwhile discussion on social media strategy: not everyone likes, has access to or uses the same digital thing. [...]

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Retweeting Without Reading? Yeah, It’s Happening – and It Affects Journalism Strategy on Twitter

Digital

Worth noting for journalists looking to measure engagement on the Twitters: your retweets aren’t necessarily your click-throughs, and the two unfortunately may have almost no correlation either. Hubspot’s Dan Zarrella [...]

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EmbedPlus Can ‘Enhance’ YouTube Videos for Commentary, Context, Linkage

Digital

Here’s a tool to help annotate and direct people to points of interest in any last minute campaign rally videos or the CNN punch-drunkness vids hopefully to come after tomorrow [...]

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Social Media’s A1 Problem (+ An Idea)

Digital

Even if you think they’re dying, newspapers have something your Twitter stream doesn’t: hierarchy of what’s important to read. Story “weight” is intuitive on paper. There’s what’s above-the-fold, and on [...]

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A Consideration for Digital Reporting: Who Posts Political Stories to Social Media?

Digital

If you’re a journalist (and especially if you’re a political journalist), a new stat worth knowing about social media usage came out a couple days after last week’s piece on [...]

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5 Stats on Who Makes “The Twitter Narrative” (and/or Who’s On and Uses Twitter)

Digital

It’s increasingly rare (at least from a digitally entrenched perspective) to imagine a journalist watching a presidential debate without simultaneously watching his or her tweets. This is certainly fine, and [...]

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TubeChop for Journalism: How a YouTube Clip-Selector Can Help You (and Your Readers)

Digital

My favorite part of the comment section of YouTube is the ability to link a timestamp (say “0:31”) to a particular point in a video, letting someone just click on [...]

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No Strategy for Twitter Favorites? 5 Ideas

Digital

It may not seem natural because of Facebook’s “like” button, but Twitter “favorites” can be for storytelling. The page on which they are chronicled, after all, is a timeline of [...]

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Create Interactive Infographics with Easel.ly and (Then) ThingLink

Digital

A reader (and fun Tweeter) had a smart idea following our post last week on using ThingLink creatively in journalism. I had to pass it along. One of the ideas [...]

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5 Ideas for ThingLink’d Journalism

Digital

Interactives can easily take time, resources and skill-sets that not every newsroom (or individual journalist) has. For those situations, ThingLink is simple tool that anyone can pick up and use [...]

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‘Now I Know’ Author is Real Person, and That’s How the E-Newsletter Works

Digital

Yesterday I delved into emotional design, and how to take the theory’s recognition of humanity – a “personality layer” – and bring it into the little details of all the things [...]

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Emotional Design: How Recognizing Humanity of Readers Can Help Journalists Online

Digital

One of my favorite blogs to follow is a design blog that I’ve mentioned before, Smashing Magazine. It’s great because it’s functional (I can get around it), reliable (I know [...]