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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.

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?

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.

(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...
Jun 09, 2014

RT @s_m_i: Also, reporting. RT @NewsWhip: What are the skill sets needed by today’s digital journalists? glvnt.co/1kf3W6F glvnt.co/1kf3W6H

Jun 09, 2014

RT @s_m_i: Also, reporting. RT @NewsWhip: What are the skill sets needed by today’s digital journalists? glvnt.co/1kf3W6F glvnt.co/1kf3W6H

(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.
Apr 09, 2014

Is the term 'multimedia journalism' played out? medium.com/changing-journ… the latest in Changing Journalism

Apr 10, 2014

RT @macloo: "There’s no consensus among journalists about what the term multimedia means, or even whether to use it anymore." https://t.co/…

Apr 10, 2014

RT @macloo: "There’s no consensus among journalists about what the term multimedia means, or even whether to use it anymore." https://t.co/…

Apr 10, 2014

So much YES "Immersive experiences rule.Take me somewhere I have never been. Show me something I have never seen" medium.com/changing-journ…

Apr 11, 2014

RT @mkramer: Nice hat tip to @nprviz and @planetmoney’s t-shirt project in this piece on “Re(Defining) Multimedia Journalism” http://t.co/l…

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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.
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