#112 – How’s your digital hygiene? Practical advice on improving your digital security

Seamus Tuohy likes to use the term “digital hygiene” to describe a set of best practices for how people incorporate digital security in their daily lives.

Seamus Tuohy

Seamus Tuohy was in studio talking about Internet security. (Photo by Michael O’Connell)

“I have to enter between five and six passwords to check my email in the morning, because I have a USB stick that’s encrypted that holds my password,” he said. “It actually holds a few different encrypted mini-volumes that each have passwords different computers or different uses.”

Tuohy is a technical adviser at Internews, an international non-profit whose aim is to empower journalists across the globe.

“We provide services to independent media organizations and civil society groups, both helping them develop the capacity to build radio stations or other media development work, as well as helping digital security services, services around developing better content, as well as services around teaching people basic journalism skills in areas where there’s news to be had, but are having a hard time getting it out,” Touhy said.

He builds tools to help communities involved in conflicts to secure their communications.

“My work mainly involves finding the right circumvention or anti-censorship tools that work for a certain population, both the utility of those tools and actually if they can be used in the field,” he said.

On this week’s podcast, Tuohy discusses the importance of Internet security in protecting a journalist’s work and communications with sources.

“The things that journalists overseas need are actually the same things that we need here in the U.S.,” Tuohy said. “Often times, journalists need to secure their communications so their sources don’t get out, so their story doesn’t get snatched or taken from them by another news organization. Also, just to be able to do the research. In a lot of societies, huge parts of the Internet are being cut off, and so, being able to evade censorship to find the news, find external sources, find corroboration of the stories you’re trying to tell is incredibly important.”

He points out some of the common vulnerabilities around laptops and cellphones, and offers some suggestions on how journalists can improve their digital hygiene.

Michael O’Connell

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#111 – Trevor Knoblich has the ONA14 game plan

WASHINGTON – When it comes to planning a conference, well Trevor Knoblich isn’t an expert but he certainly looks the part. Knoblich is helping plan the Online News Association’s annual conference at the end of September and helped us get a better idea of what to expect in Chicago.

Knoblich, ONA’s digital director, says he has specific sessions he’s looking forward to, including those that delve into the idea of startups both within and outside newsrooms and the technology/human capital that makes them feasible.

Trevor Knoblich is the digital director of the Online News Association. (Photo by Megan Cloherty)

Trevor Knoblich is the digital director of the Online News Association. (Photo by Megan Cloherty)

The keynotes this year are a bit unexpected. (Working backwards) on Saturday, Sept. 27, the keynote features the Sesame Workshop.

“They have done some amazing work in terms of audience engagement; in terms of mobile design; in terms of building apps and they’ll be talking about how to reach an audience, about important issues that we face. Children’s programing tackles these issues just like news outlets do,” Knoblich said.

A goal of his in coming into the role of the digital director at ONA, Knoblich said, was getting fresh voices from other industries involved in the conversation to improve how news outlets interact with their audience.

The other keynotes include a conversation about The New York Times Innovation Report and the editorial lessons to come out of the coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

More than 460 ideas came into ONA’s public call for conference session topics. Knoblich said some very important people helped whittle down that list over two months to suss out the most important topics that formed the conference schedule.

Beyond the schedule, there is plenty of built-in time to network. Food trucks will be on hand to help fuel our inquiring minds. And then there are the extra curricular activities — both sanctioned and unsanctioned — that will take place during the trip.

“The Midway is an area of the conference that is sort of the innovation playground,” said Knoblich.

While there sounds like there will be plenty of cool startups to check out at the midway, located in the heart of the conference, It’s All Journalism will also be there!

We plan to broadcast live from the Midway during the conference on Thursday, at 3 p.m. We are also heading a session on podcasting on Saturday, at 10 a.m.

ONA is planning to live stream some sessions from Chicago’s Sheraton Hotel, including our session. See the full conference schedule of events at www.ONA14journalists.org.

&mdash Megan Cloherty

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#110 – Bill Keller goes from The New York Times to a new, nonprofit news organization

The New York Times‘ former executive editor Bill Keller has gone from one of American journalism’s most respected legacy media institutions to a new nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization called The Marshall Project.

The Marshall Project will focus exclusively on stories about the U.S. courts and prison system. Keller is the editor-in-chief of the new venture that will try to expose systemic problems in the criminal justice system. It officially launches in the middle of October.

Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project.

Bill Keller, editor in chief of The Marshall Project.

“This is an incredibly rich area for journalists,” Keller said in his interview. “There is this tremendous market and appetite for really aggressive coverage for law enforcement, prisons, courts.”

When fully staffed, The Marshall Project will have a staff of about 25 people. Most of the reporters will be doing investigative pieces, but the organization will try to deliver some original content every day.

“Had we been live during Ferguson, we would have been very early on the subject of the militarization of the police,” he said.

Philanthropy will be the primary way of sustaining The Marshall Project. Keller doesn’t anticipate a lot of interest from advertisers and business in the venture.

“I don’t see any potential in the near term that advertisers want to promote their product alongside stories of lethal injections and prosecutorial misconduct,” Keller said.

Keller said one of the advantages of doing philanthropic journalism is reporters don’t face the same concerns about whether a story will be popular with a broad audience. There aren’t the same pressures to produce Internet traffic.

The former Times editor said he wants The Marshall Project to tell stories in different ways. There will be interactive graphics, charts and maps. The Marshall Project reporting team will be using audio and video.

Keller presided over The New York Times from 2003 to 2011, during a time of tremendous upheaval in the journalism industry. In his eight years as executive editor of the paper, Keller said The Times became a digital first publication out of necessity.

“We became much more experimental, open to new ways of telling stories,” said Keller. “The obvious curse of the Internet is that it completely disrupted our business model.”

When asked about The Times’ infamous digital innovation report leaked earlier this year, Keller said this was the third such report he had seen at the newspaper over the last decade.

He wrote a similar digital innovation report for the newspaper himself back in 2005, and ousted editor Jill Abramson wrote another one in 2009. Keller said all three Times digital reports have contained a sense of urgency, but it’s been a hard transition from print to online for most legacy news organizations.

“Old media still has a ways to go to overcomes the culture and psychological habits that are rooted in the old world,” Keller said.

Julia O’Donoghue

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We’ve updated our website!

It took two years, but we finally got around to updating our website. We hope you enjoy it.

While the blog layout of our old website design was easy to use and gave us a place to share our work, we realized that most of our content was hidden. We wanted a website that would showcase all of our work and make it easier for our listeners to find some of our older podcasts.

Let us know what you think by emailing us at editor@itsalljournalism.com.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

We’ve got big plans for the coming months, including podcasting from the Midway at the 2014 Online News Association Conference in Chicago. If you’re at the conference, come find us. We’d love to hear what you have to say.

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#109 – Robert Ray: ‘Ferguson’s story is happening all over the country’

We return to Ferguson, Missouri, for this week’s podcast to have a conversation with Robert Ray, a correspondent with the U.S. cable news channel Al Jazeera America.

“Ferguson’s story is happening all over the country,” said Ray. “There hasn’t been a spotlight by the media on it, but it’s happening everywhere.”

Robert Ray (Photo courtesy of Al Jazeera America)

Robert Ray (Photo courtesy of Al Jazeera America)

When we had this conversation, Ray had been on the story for five days. In that time, police had shot rubber bullets and tear gas at an Al Jazeera crew attempting to record a story away from the crowd of protesters.

“When I see journalists taking it like that, it’s upsetting. I don’t like it,” Ray said. “We have the right to report and document and when we’re not able to do that, we got serious problems.”

Ray talks about how he’s seen the story change and why it’s important for the media, despite the risks, to cover stories like the Michael Brown shooting and its aftermath.

“The thing is, if we don’t cover this all over the country, if we don’t actually look into it, how can the country get better?” Ray said. “And that is the most important thing that the media can do. Politicians can try to make the country be better, and certainly, some of them have that intention, but they are sometimes isolated in the bubble of bureaucracy and they have their hands tied. But what we can do in the media is go out there and show and listen and tell the stories of real people so that America’s eyes can open up better and we can become a better country.”

Michael O’Connell

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#108 – Alexander Howard — Ferguson, Mo. and the First Amendment

The killing of Michael Brown and the ham-handed way law enforcement officials in Ferguson, Mo., handled its aftermath angered Alexander Howard. It’s been a long time since he was that “ticked off” at a story.

“The systemic discrimination and racial bias, political powerlessness in that community, because of voting rights and people being arrested for assault and losing them, these are things that have been going on a long time but, unfortunately, because they’re kind of the fabric of American life still, they hadn’t caught fire,” he said.

Alexander Howard

Alexander Howard is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor. (Photo Courtesy of Alexander Howard)

Howard is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. He’s also a columnist at TechRepublic and founder of “E Pluribus Unum,” a blog focused on open government and technology. Previously, he was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Ash Center at Harvard University, the Washington correspondent for O’Reilly Media, and an associate editor at SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com.

While the brutality of the shooting and the disenfranchisement of the populace provided more than enough reasons for a rational person to be angry, the treatment of the members of the media trying to cover the unfolding events should raise the concerns of journalists and the public, alike, both of whom benefit from the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment:

“When media who went in there, trying to document how people were upset and why they were upset, were raising up the voices and faces and pain of people who have been living in that environment but not being heard, were targeted, roughed up or in this case arrested, I got angry about it,” Howard said.
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#107 – Popping the culture — Yakking with NPR’s Glen Weldon

It all started with Jacques Cousteau.

“I knew that I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t follow that for a long time,” said Glen Weldon, a panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. “For the longest time, I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist. At age 4, I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist.”

NPR's Glen Weldon joined IAJ producers Megan Cloherty and Michael O'Connell in studio. (Photo by Megan Cloherty)

NPR’s Glen Weldon joined IAJ producers Megan Cloherty and Michael O’Connell in studio. (Photo by Megan Cloherty)

In pursuit of his dream, a young Weldon memorized the Latin names of every whale and dolphin, watched the talking cetacean flick “Day of the Dolphin” and even became a competitive swimmer.

Thankfully for fans of his NPR work, though, Weldon realized in college that writing was a better fit for his temperament.

“The marine biology station at the school was just aquariums and tubes and plastic buckets and it smelled like rotting fish on a dock,” he said. “And every time I would take an elective course in the fine arts building, it’s like I would walk in and smell the chalk, the books and leather. And it’d be like peacocks walking down the hallways and people playing harps. It just felt like this is where I belong.”

Over his career, Weldon has worn many hats. He’s been a theater critic, a science writer and a bookstore clerk. His fiction and criticism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and many other publications.
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#106 – How to market to and break-down content for mobile

WASHINGTON – Last year was supposed to be the year of mobile. This year is also supposed to be the year of mobile. But taking it beyond the buzz the phrase is generating, two speakers at the 2014 Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s annual conference spoke directly to the user breakdown and how companies are monetizing mobile.

Justin Ellis, left, of Nieman Lab and Wouter Vermeulen, with Opera Mediaworks. (Photos by Michael O'Connell)

Justin Ellis, left, of Nieman Lab and Wouter Vermeulen, with Opera Mediaworks. (Photos by Michael O’Connell)

Justin Ellis, a writer with Nieman Lab, spoke more about the a major shift in the way people are accessing news. For the first time, people are turning to digital sources in greater numbers than television for their news, but beyond that, he says more are ditching the desktop and using their phones as their access to the Internet.

“According to Pew Research, 34 percent of cell users use their phones specifically for the purpose of going online,” Ellis said.

And a majority of users are spending time on their phones in apps, which Ellis calls surprising.

“Even though they’re spending more time with their phones, the individual sessions are small,” he said.

The bite-sized Internet use of smartphone users lends itself well to easily digestible content like that found on the app, Circa, Ellis said. He also cites personalization and location-based news as paramount for marketing content to mobile users.

Wouter Vermeulen, with Opera Mediaworks addressed mobile from a slightly different angle, in how newsrooms like “The Washington Post,” “Bloomberg” and “The Wall Street Journal” are selling ads on mobile.
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#105 – At Speakeasy, the content goes down smooth

WASHINGTON —— Generating content for companies for profit rather than news outlets, the Dallas Morning News’ content marketing and social media agency Speakeasy is taking off. It has already generated $1.5 million in revenue since its start in late 2012.

Grant Moise, the senior vice president of the Dallas Morning News, joined us on the podcast via phone to talk about the idea that’s creating a profit center with more than 50 clients so far.

Grant Moise is senior vice president, business development and niche products at The Dallas Morning News

Grant Moise is senior vice president, business development and niche products at The Dallas Morning News (DMN photo)

Depending on the size of the client, Moise said they generate content and in some cases handle the social media to start a conversation and drive interest.

“We are helping them create all their own content. We do editorial calendars at the beginning of each month and come up with unique things that can be relevant, depending on the audience they are trying to reach,” Moise said.

The Dallas Morning News partners with ad agency Sling Shot on Speakeasy, which can be found on every social outlet @YourSpeakEasy
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#104 – What does an older, more diverse America mean for the media?

America is changing. The U.S. is facing two major shifts over the next 50 years.

“We are on route to becoming a majority non-white country,” Paul Taylor said. “At the same time, a record share of our population, like me, is going gray.”

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is a senior fellow at the Pew Research Center. (Photo by Michael O’Connell)

Taylor is a senior fellow at the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank that uses demographic research, media content analysis and public opinion polling to examine a variety of topics affecting America. He is also the author of the recent book, The Next America, which looks in greater detail at the looming generational showdown.

“Demographic change is a drama in slow motion,” Taylor said, during a presentation at the 2014 Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference in Nashville. “It unfolds, tick by tock, incrementally, but it changes society in fundamental ways.”

Either of the shifts Taylor described would be a significant demographic story, but because they are happening simultaneously, they are having major impacts on everything from politics to entitlement programs to marriage.
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