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Mindy McAdams

Gainesville, Florida
Covers:  journalism education, online journalism, web design, blogs, information graphics
Doesn't Cover: newspapers, television, writing

Digital journalism professor, University of Florida. Rides a Vespa. Travels everywhere. mindymcadams.com

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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How to Pitch Mindy McAdams

Please do not pitch me.

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.

Now in Portuguese and Chinese: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

mindymcadams.com — A new translation of this guide is now available, thanks to the efforts of Alessandra de Falco, a journalism professor at Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei in Brazil. She uses the guide in her classes.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @macloo: .@zfilipov Best link to Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency - all languages - bit.ly/1X8fZby

RGMP 15: Maintain and update your skills

mindymcadams.com — I made a list of 15 topics in multimedia journalism one day in February; from that list came this series of blog posts titled "Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency." With this, the 15th post, we have come to the end of the road, six months later.
Feb 05, 2016

What I'm reading today: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency by the incredible @macloo: mindymcadams.com/tojou/2009/rgm… #journalism

Data tools for newsrooms

Oct 04, 2015

RT @macloo: Data tools for newsrooms - one more time for the Sunday crowd - list and links from #ONA15: bit.ly/1KYkr94

Oct 04, 2015

RT @macloo: Data tools for newsrooms - one more time for the Sunday crowd - list and links from #ONA15: bit.ly/1KYkr94

The Future of Journalism Education (the Remix)

medium.com — Aggregator's note: Text that is not in quotation marks is my own opinion unless clearly noted as coming from the report. If an individual attribution follows a quote, then that text was presented as a direct quote in the original.
Mar 05, 2015

RT @macloo: I'm hoping some more fellow j-educators will leave comments on this - Future of Journalism Education - bit.ly/17Vtmrk

Storytelling Now

medium.com — A personal selection of outstanding storiesfrom the 2015 Society of News Design competition. Journalism awards come out of long hours invested by judges, in rooms where too much junk food is consumed, as lists of links or stacks of entries are eyed, pondered, discussed. I did that last weekend.
Feb 26, 2015

Crucial digital news design lessons from Society of News Designers judge @macloo medium.com/@macloo/the-st… #journalism

Feb 26, 2015

Thanks, @macloo, for your roundup of @SND judging: bit.ly/1AOeDZt. Did any other judges did anything similar?

Feb 26, 2015

Oh. These. Are. Stunning. Outstanding stories and lessons in design from @SND Awesome roundup by @macloo medium.com/@macloo/the-st… #journalism

Mar 02, 2015

RT @davidc7: “Storytelling Now, or what I learned from the digital stories of 2014” - great article from @macloo bit.ly/1BVYP9W

Mar 02, 2015

RT @davidc7: “Storytelling Now, or what I learned from the digital stories of 2014” - great article from @macloo bit.ly/1BVYP9W

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.
Oct 19, 2014

First-person narratives are important. They can "expand our small worlds and enlarge our understanding." bit.ly/1rSU0mX

Oct 19, 2014

Interesting response on first-person narratives in journalism by @macloo zite.to/1weccfW

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.
Oct 13, 2014

RT @karamat: Um… @Pocket, what the heck is happening? Screenshot from my list, link to what it should be. mindymcadams.com/tojou/2009/rgm… pic.twitter.com/Bv6AqJh3f7

(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.
Jun 10, 2014

RT @mmmcgu: One j-educator @macloo reflects on recent speech by @picard_robert to conference on j-education. Calls it brilliant. bit.ly/1kjjjem

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...
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