How to: Create a simple news aggregator with Yahoo! Pipes

I’ve noticed that many news sites seem to be in the aggregation business, and actually, with Yahoo! Pipes, it’s not too difficult to create your own. Here’s an example: Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: Powered by FeedBurner In this post, I’ll explain how to use Yahoo! Pipes to create a simple aggregator that cites the source of each headline in brackets. In the Pipes workspace, you’ll notice the left column has lists of modules divided by category. At the … Read More

On watching tv online

I work a morning shift, so I often go to bed before my favorite shows are on TV. Nevertheless, my high-speed internet connection has given me the opportunity to stay up-to-date on my television watching. My favorite sites? Hulu (NBC, ABC, FOX) and Fancast (CBS). I also use Netflix to catch on other episodes. My South Park addiction is also sated online. Hulu’s my favorite, though, since I’m easily bored; I can find old TV shows to watch. Then again, … Read More

PSA: New old blog posts

I’ve just imported a few blog posts from the producer blog I maintained when I was in school; I figure it would be nice to have them here and not scattered across the Internet.

How to keep your web editors happy

Most newsroom jobs seem rather thankless most of the time, and that of a web editor is no different. We spend our days attending meetings, proof-reading copy, writing briefs, cutting video, putting up links for producers… the list goes on. We don’t work for the producer or the news director (at least in my newsroom) — we work for the producers, news director, reporters, marketers, sales reps, general manager, etc. And because not everyone knows the ins and outs of … Read More

Thoughts on ONA ’09

Having had so much fun at the Toronto convention, I decided to attend this year’s Online News Association Conference in San Francisco. It was a blast! I tweeted throughout the event (warning: there’s lots of snark); in fact, many of the convention attendees used the #ona09 hashtag to tweet their thoughts. I got to see a few friends — Joe Ruiz, Vanessa Bezic and Jess Ramos — listen to great speakers and learn lots of awesome new tricks. I’ve got … Read More

Using free services to improve your site

Though a media outlet’s content management system often covers everything that a site needs on a day-to-day basis, there are sometimes projects that the CMS doesn’t handle very well. In my short time out of school and in the workforce, I’ve discovered several free services that have capabilities the CMS may not. Yahoo! PipesEver feel a need to aggregate a bunch of RSS feeds? Yahoo! Pipes rocks for that sort of thing. There’s a little bit of a learning curve … Read More

Why I dislike @ricksanchezcnn (Or, what reporters should NOT do when using Twitter)

Lately, I’ve been hanging out on Twitter while I’m at work. I’ll answer viewer questions, solicit feedback on topics, etc. Through several months of listening and learning, my station’s account has more than 500 followers. I realize my station is not the only one to actively use the service; many other television stations, newspapers and even national media outlets use it, whether as a headlines feed or to receive feedback. That said, Rick Sanchez (@ricksanchezcnn, for those of you on … Read More

On managing money

With the economy the way it is (and me being on my own for the first time in my life), I’ve become nearly obsessed with keeping track of my finances. It’s not particularly healthy, but I think I’ve finally been able to maintain a healthy sense of balance by using three free* tools: Mint, Burn and Buddi. Track everything – is wonderful. I can’t say enough about it. I had privacy concerns at first, but their “security” explanation page … Read More

On enterprising stories through Twitter

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Several months ago, I decided to create a Twitter account for the station. Being a total newbie at the whole Twitter thing, I asked the 17 or so followers we had what I could do to make it better, and Jeff Moriarty (@jmoriarty) kindly obliged. Fast forward to two weeks ago. I’m in the middle of a weekly journalism discussion when Jeff sends me a direct message (a private message sent only to me): Pssst… question for ya: Have you … Read More

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