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Mindy McAdams

Gainesville, Florida
Covers:  Journalism Education, Online Journalism, Web Design, Blogs, Information Graphics
Doesn't Cover: Newspapers, Television, Writing

Professor, Journalism, University of Florida

Mindy McAdams's Biography

Mindy McAdams is a professor at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses about online journalism. Her book Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages was published by Focal Press/Elsevier in 2005.

She has trained more than 200 journalists in multimedia skills (at the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Montreal Gazette, Austin American-Statesman, various state newspaper associations, the Nieman Fellows at Harvard, two National Writers Workshops, several Poynter ...

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What does it mean to be a journalist?

A journalist finds the truth, checks it at least twice, reports it accurately, and tries to be fair as well as honest.

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

HTML5, CSS, WordPress, Photoshop and TextWrangler, mostly. Google Drive, a lot. Chrome. FTP.

Why did you become a journalist?

I tried to avoid it. After completing a journalism degree, I went to work in book publishing, but that was too boring.

First-person narratives in journalism

mindymcadams.com — After I read this story, I had to give some thought to the idea that "we lose something important in the rush toward first-person takes" ( Eve Fairbanks). First, the story linked above is "To Siri, With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple's Siri," published in The New York Times on Oct.

RGMP 12: Learn to shoot video

mindymcadams.com — This is the 12th post in a series titled "Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency." In the 11th post, I wrote about how to ensure that you have a story worth telling with photos and audio, and how to construct it, story-wise, to make it communicate effectively.

(Re)defining multimedia journalism

medium.com — Summary: "Snow Fall" was a watershed project, but we've already gone beyond that. Let's focus on innovations in multimedia storytelling techniques. There's no consensus among journalists about what the term multimedia means, or even whether to use it anymore. The multimedia skills listed in a job advertisement might span a range of specialties from web developer to videographer.

Journalism education: There is no spoon

mindymcadams.com — Journalism education: There is no spoon At a journalism education conference in Canada recently, it appears media economics scholar Robert Picard gave a stirring keynote address. Stirring as in "stir things up!" He began by reminding the audience that journalism and the media environment today are vastly different from what they were in the previous century.

New skill sets for journalism

slideshare.net — Starter presentation in a weeklong workshop for journalism educators at Rhodes University, South Africa, in June 2014. We are trying to discover the needs of t...

(Re)defining multimedia journalism

medium.com — There's no consensus among journalists about what the term multimedia means, or even whether to use it anymore. The multimedia skills listed in a job advertisement might span a range of specialties from web developer to videographer. Some ads specify "proficiency in multimedia" with no further explanation.

What journalism students need to learn now

mindymcadams.com — What journalism students need to learn now Is blogging still relevant to journalism? This is one of the questions Mark Briggs is considering as he begins work on the third edition of his popular textbook Journalism Next.

Computer code that writes stories

mindymcadams.com — Computer code that writes stories It's about the power of code, and it's also about a UF J-school alum, Ken Schwencke (JM - 2009), who works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. Whenever there's an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sends out email alerts.

Lessons from BuzzFeed

medium.com — "Are you a sociopath, or are you an android?" Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, said that's the question to ask if someone doesn't like animals. He was speaking to about 500 people, mostly students, on the University of Florida campus, and that quip got a big laugh.

Smarter(6): A list for journalism students

mindymcadams.com — Smarter(6): A list for journalism students Each Sunday, I post links to three (and only three) recent articles that are informative about, or pointing the way to, the future in journalism. Previous posts can be found here. There is also a Tumblr for this series, named Smarter.
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