3/11/2006

Google Page Ranking

Dakin mentioned in class that a Google search for his name now brings up the NYC24 staff box. This reminded of something Sree said in the fall about linking to our personal Web sites. The more links to our Web sites there are, the greater the rank Google gives our Web sites. It's explained here.

Sree said that new media students from last year are all at the top or near the top, partly because they included links to each other's sites on their own sites. For example, here's what happened when I did a search for Sean Leahy.

Given the state of my Web site right now, I'm not sure I want people who search my name to then see it at the top. But it could help in the coming months with job searches. If anyone wants me to post a link on my site to their page, let me know.

3/09/2006

ISSUE 3 Deadlines

Hey Class:

Per class discussion tonight, send your nutgraf, multimedia descriptions and links by 6 p.m. tomorrow to Jeff (jcg1@optonline.net). Copy on that e-mail your reporting partner, your editor, me (anne.machalinski@gmail.com), Duy (duy@resolutionseven.com) and Jen (jenniferbrooke@gmail.com).

The following are ALL deadlines for this issue:

Fri, 3/10 6p | Nutgraf, multimedia explanation, links (both embedded and extra)

Fri, 3/17 6p | Story copy (send to editor and me). Yes, this is early, but almost every team had comments from issue 2 on a need for more reporting. This will give your editor and Jen time to let you know where there is missing information and for you to do addl. reporting, if necessary.

Tue, 3/21 6p | 3 BEST photos to editor (to use on front page).

Thurs, 3/23 6p | All multimedia elements due. We want to see your multimedia BEFORE class. After class we will check out your web design and look through your copy to make sure all editing changes have been made per instruction.

Fri, 3/24 12p | Page finished.

On copy & photo deadlines, send to both your editor and me. This should straighten out any confusion from earlier issues about who has turned what in, etc. If you don't get something back, need input on your story, etc. - please let us know sooner rather than later. If something is going to be late, you need to let your editor know. While emergencies happen, we need to have better communication in the final issues.

For those of you who are ambitious and want to get started creating your pages, the following are FINAL story assignment numbers (build everything in the public folder).

1. Rodrigo&Erin, Ed. Cardiff
2. Jill&Tripp, Ed. Anne
3. Rebecca&Sarah, Ed. Khodi
4. Dakin&Abe, Ed. Cardiff
5. Courtney&Alex, Ed. Khodi
6. Larrison&Matt Sushil
7. Maria&Susan, Ed. Sushil
8. Erik&Mariana, Ed. Cara
9. Jessica&Cherry, Ed. Alissa
10. Kylene&Julia, Ed. Cara

Colors:
white, black, gray (666666 or 999999) and one color of your choice

We are still figuring out fonts. We will let you know this by Mon, 3/20.

That's it. Will post this to the blog as well. Any questions, please let me know.

Thanks! Anne

I just love New York City

So... you really never know what will happen in this wonderful city.

Yesterday, after a fun and easy going interview with a private eye in Midtown, where Susan ended up in the hot seat hooked up to a polygraph machine, we were ready to go back to the J-School. But just before taking the subway at Grand Central, a lady selling newspapers at 42nd asked Susan to take over while she went to the bathroom. Within 10 minutes, Susan sold four newspapers at 25 cents each. Way to go Susan.

Anyway, I just thought this would be a good excuse to use the blogg and make Duy happy.

New York Times Digital Internships

Hi Guys- Saw this on Craigslist

NYTD, the leading on-line newspaper website is seeking several interns for the newsroom. These positions are in NY. Most are college-credit only, some are paid. We wish these candidates to be able to commit to at least a 25 hour work week. We do not provide relocation or housing.
Area: News and Features:
The positions on our news desks involve the packaging of news for an online audience in a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment. An intern in the news department of NYTimes.com will work with a variety of producers and editors who work on both the news and features side of the Web site. The intern's duties will include producing articles, photos and multimedia for our daily report and as a part of larger news and features projects. He or she will also be expected to assist the editors and producers by conducting research and compiling information for special sections, enterprise stories and breaking news events. The intern will gain technical experience working with HTML, Photoshop and our database-driven content management system. In addition, he or she will acquire more journalistic skills, including writing headlines and summaries and sharpening his or her news judgement.
The training program is intended to teach interns the skills that would enable them to become a producer at NYTimes.com. "On-the-job" training is essential in order to get a sense for what it is like to work in a newsroom. When a news story breaks, the intern will experience first hand how news judgements are made and how the plans for covering a story take shape.
The intern will be introduced to people from all departments at New York Times Digital. He or she will attend meetings with members of different departments in order to better understand how an online media company works. The intern will also attend some meetings at the newspaper that will acclimate her with how that newsroom works.
Candidates must have a familiarity with HTML and Photoshop and a demonstrated interest in journalism and the activities of NYTimes.com.
Area: Multimedia
The positions on our news desks involve the packaging of news for an online audience in a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment. A multimedia intern in the news department of NYTimes.com will work with a variety of producers and editors who work on both the news and features side of the Web site. The intern will assist in the production of photos, infographics, audio and video for the Web site. Interns will work with photo producers, the graphics/multimedia producers and the Enterprise Editor. Tasks will include reformatting graphics from the print edition to Web format; producing multimedia features with audio and photographs; updating our content management database; archiving and research tasks associated with both breaking news events and enterprise stories.
The training program is intended to teach interns the skills that would enable them to become a producer at NYTimes.com. "On-the-job" training is essential in order to get a sense for what it is like to work in a newsroom. When a news story breaks, the intern will experience first hand how news judgements are made and how the plans for covering a story take shape.
The intern will be introduced to people from all departments at New York Times Digital. He or she will attend meetings with members of different departments in order to better understand how an online media company works. The intern will also attend some meetings at the newspaper that will acclimate her with how that newsroom works.
Candidates must have a strong, demonstrable interest in journalism, and experience in a variety of graphics and multimedia applications including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Quark XPress, Macromedia Flash, HTML editing. Experience in audio or video editing is a plus.
Please respond with resume, which area you are interested in (News & Features OR Multimedia), and info about your college credit process to: kingj@nytimes.com

3/08/2006

More on MoJos

This is a follow-up to an earlier post about mobile journalists ("mojos"). Turns out my J'03 classmate, Aaron Chimbel, is a professional mojo in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Check out some of his work here.