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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 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.

How to be a digital collaborator

How to be a digital collaborator
medium.com — A small business owner needs a website. She hires one of my students to build it. They have a conversation or two about what should be included. It's not a large website - just five or six pages, with no e-commerce. It breaks down here: The Web designer asks the business owner to send the content and information for the site.

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

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.

RGMP 15: Maintain and update your skills

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.

Data tools for newsrooms

The Future of Journalism Education (the Remix)

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.

Storytelling Now

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.

First-person narratives in journalism

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

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

(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

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.
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