Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Final roundup

May 25th, 2011 by Jack

On the News Service, Alva French had a piece on a mecca for graffiti artists.

Nathan Frandino and Annais Morales did a story on a New Yorker who recycles old bikes. Ms. Morales was also back in the New York Post last month. In addition, busy Annais had a contribution on the latest episode of “219 West”, as did Alcione Gonzalez, Sherrina Navani and Michael McCutcheon.

Elsewhere, Ad Age recently had a nice breakdown of The Demographics of Social Media. Speaking of which, check out The Most Complete Twitter Application List Available.

And what would the last post of the school year be without another Census tool?

Best semester ever.  Now please go out and kick you-know-who’s you-know-what in a research contest.

Have a great summer!

Broadcast Craft, Spring 2011: I'm expecting fame and fortune from this crew.

Broadcast Craft, Spring 2011: I'm expecting fame and fortune from this crew.

Last words: Until we meet again, Uncle Don.

Rush vs. Wikipedia, part 2

September 16th, 2010 by Jack

Check out this article in today’s Times.  Yeah, right, it wasn’t Wikipedia.  It was the June 31st issue of the Pensacola News Journal (chuckle, snort).

Anyway, speaking of the Times, here’s another interesting piece on forthcoming changes for Twitter.

Be wise (not Wise) with Twitter

September 2nd, 2010 by Jack

Although Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise did prove a point this week that fact checking is essential, he also proved that having a Twitter account is dangerous if you’re an idiot.

Please take both lessons to heart.

Dog days report

August 26th, 2010 by Jack

I often question whether all this computer use is good for me/us.  Some of my summer reading reflected that…

Nicholas Carr wrote sort of a sequel to his famed 2008 article asking “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”  In the same vein, the New York Times had a story about our brains on computers, and I finally got around to viewing Frontline’s Digital Nation episode from earlier this year.

At least the good folks at the Onion can make us laugh about it.

But seriously, how good can this pace be for journalism in general and research in specific?

For those of you I haven’t scared off to Luddite-ville, here’s some stuff to keep you hooked to the screen: guides for Deep Web Research and Mastering Twitter.

Changing gears, if you want to read some of what I worked on this summer, check out my NYT credits.   The July 26th story involved the use of Twitter, in fact.

Lastly, here’s some important news about the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Schedule change

April 21st, 2010 by Jack

Due to your court visit Tuesday, the court research lesson originally scheduled for this week has been pushed back to Wednesday, April 28th.  I’m also aware the visit precluded you from attending the Facts on File research clinic, which was unfortunate.

On a brighter note, we have more class bylines to report…

Vishal Persaud had a piece in the Mott Haven Herald about an after-school program at P.S. 18 in the Bronx.

Michael Cohen wrote another story about a Golden Gloves boxer with a side gig in modeling, this time for Urban Latino’s web site.

Today’s bonus: The Library of Congress will be housing Twitter’s entire archive, and users may not have a chance to opt out!

Welcome to Craft II–The Research Wing

January 28th, 2010 by Jack

My name is Jack Styczynski and this is my fourth semester teaching research in Craft classes–my second with Rebecca Leung and first with David Lewis.  If you’re interested in my professional background, click here.  Personally, I’m a big New Orleans Saints fan (WHO DAT!) and a huge college hoop-head.

The primary purpose of this blog is to give you online access to my lesson material from class.  But you’ll also want to check in frequently for posts on my most recent research discoveries, such as the All Things Census blog, Databases and E-Journals from the New York State Library and the Listorious directory of Twitter accounts.

You’ll also see me spreading the love for some of your latest published work, such as that by Liza Eckert and Andrea Swalec this month, and Vishal PersaudJordan Shakeshaft and Erica Soto in December.

Welcome back, and see you soon!

Next week: due diligence

October 15th, 2009 by Jack

Our next research session will be more of a discussion than a lecture, so please read the following stories before class on 10/20.

If you have time, I’d also like you to read the stories I assigned last semester.

Today’s bonus: An example of doing due diligence on Twitter. 

Today’s burning questions

September 26th, 2009 by Jack

Is Twitter really worth a billion bucks?

Is this what we should learn from the Mark Whicker debacle?

In light of the ACORN videos and their subsequent media coverage, does this Slate column make a good case for “activist” journalism?

On a related note, could Media Matters, despite some good points on fact-checking and the like, be more apoplectic about it? (And would they be if this weren’t “conservative” activism?)

Regarding the Google Book Search controversy, have you seen the New York Times topic page and the Open Book Alliance site?

Also on the topic of digital archives, will this joint effort take off?

Last but not least, did you know you’re already working for the Times? (See video below.)

Rob Williams gets an A

September 23rd, 2009 by Jack

Don’t forget the two questions that need to be addressed when using statistics in a story:

  1. Are you sure?
  2. Says who?

In other words, you need to check the accuracy of your numbers and must cite their source.

Today’s bonus: I’ve posted about Twitter here before, but these Washington Post videos are flat out hilarious.

Double bonus: Just how many nuts in ACORN?  Sheesh!  San Bernardino and San Diego too?  Update: In a story about James O’Keefe, NBC Nightly News just reported that there are more videos to come…

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Tonight’s program also had an interesting spelling note…

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

How I spent my summer

August 28th, 2009 by Jack

OK, I won’t bore you with a kiddie-style rundown of everything I did the last few months, but here’s some stuff I came across that may interest you…

Just this month, MSNBC acquired EveryBlock, a hyperlocal news aggregator you should definitely check out if you’re not already familiar with it. Also, several parties are challenging a settlement between Google Books and authors and publishers. And this week, I was happy to read that Wikipedia is getting stricter.

Earlier, I stumbled upon an interesting (albeit lengthy) web project about The Future of Journalism. Related to that, I largely agreed with this Columbia Journalism Review article, but found this Huffington Post piece utterly ridiculous.

Here’s a good 4-minute video on political fact-checking.

Twitter obsessed? Then check out The Ultimate List of Twitter Tools.

Speaking of Twitter, Editor & Publisher posted the Wall Street Journal’s rules for online conduct and Pro Football Talk did likewise with ESPN’s guidelines. In January, Poynter had posted the New York Times policy on social networking.

Speaking of the Times, an embarrassing snafu there last month showed the importance of fact-checking and research (more here and here). On the positive side, this New York City homicides map is pretty impressive and the paper continues to develop the Represent database of elected officials representing NYC addresses. Lastly, if you’re looking for Times-related laughs, did you read this article or see this segment from Comedy Central’s Daily Show?

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