7 Posts you may have missed in 2009

There are some posts on 10,000 Words that become incredibly popular and others that don’t, but are equally compelling. Here are my favorite posts of the year that may have slipped under your radar.

1. A is for Audio: The ABCs of Multimedia

This Flash-animated guide to multimedia was the product of my brother and I goofing around with a microphone in my living room. I held onto the audio for a couple of weeks and resurrected it to create this fun, Sesame Street-esque sing-along.

2. How Twitter saved my career… and my life

2009 was a rocky year, mostly because I was laid off from my job in late 2008 along with many other coworkers. The experience was rough, but along the way I noticed how big a role Twitter was playing in maintaining my sanity and giving me hope that there was a job on the horizon. This post is a candid recount of that time in my life.

3. 5 Ways to take your map mashups to the next level

A lot of early 10,000 Words posts focus on easy ways to create map mashups, but as more journalists have mastered the simple tools, this post aimed to provide tools that could elevate maps beyond just a few markers.

4. Do you have a multimedia emergency plan?

This guide to creating last-minute multimedia projects was inspired by an experience I had at the LA Times where I had just three hours to create a Flash-animated guide to the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. The Times handled the situation without pause, but the experience made me realize how many newsrooms can benefit from having a organized plan on how to handle breaking news and natural disasters.

5. 5 Online tools for following US government officials

During the 2008 US election season there was post after post written about how to track and follow the candidates and election coverage. This post proves that great online interactive and multimedia content didn’t end in January 2009.

6. Radio: Innovative ways to follow the aging medium

I don’t write about radio as much as I’d like because most of the in-your-face innovation is being produced by the medium’s print counterparts. This post proves that radio is mastering online technology and using the web as a vehicle for listener interaction and participation.

7. 4 Organizations more tech-savvy than your newsroom

The thought that the Pope is more tech-savvy than most journalists is enough to make anybody chuckle, except it’s reasonably true. Compared to the online presence of the Vatican, Major League Baseball, the FBI and the White House, news organizations still have a long way to go.