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Links 1 through 10 of 15 by Amy Gahran tagged training

"She may be in the best possible place to do it. With a team of experienced editors, a new program called Groupon Academy, and a vigorous -- but rewarding -- recruiting process, the Web-based coupon company is investing significant time into teaching and training its writers.
"Forty percent of Groupon's writers have prior journalism experience."

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"Amanda Garcés: “As an organizer, it was extremely helpful that I could envision the role of this new technology in our daily work. I see now how important it is to be able to show our own stories. Because even though we do this at IDEPSCA, we do it on a very small scale, and these technologies are letting us grow. If the anti-immigrant movement is using technology to detect our day laborers or our immigrant community, how are we contrasting that? Looking at it from the political context that we’re living, that’s why it was powerful. It was so empowering for the workers to be able to just have the digital recorder at GWC, and I think that’s one of the things we showed: these are people who don’t know how to read and write, some of them, who are empowered in using these technologies.”

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Donate your skills in explaining how you took up blogging or how you prefer to consume your News or the balance between passionate argument and impartial reporting or how you built an audience or anything. I betcha it’d be fun. At least it was, when I spoke to 80 Freelance Journos a year or so ago.

Promise me though, no nasty “they started it!” arguments about how the Press always diss social media – this is about bloggers teaching journos and learning from them at the same time. So… who’s in?

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An Amsterdam based holding company called PPF and the Paris based World Association of Newspapers are funding a fascinating project that will launch 30 different websites covering hyperlocal news throughout the Czech Republic. Google will provide technical training and the sites will run AdSense in exchange. In order to maximize contact with the local community, the project has hired 90 mostly young reporters who will work out of offices with public coffee and internet shops built into the facilities.

"...Why not have web specialists offer training to more old fashioned news organizations in order to create a more compelling product? ...Be it through subscriptions, micropayments or advertising, this whole historic dilemma of the death of newspapers, local news and investigative reporting sure seems like it would be a different scenario if the news producers just made a more compelling product."

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"The Semantic Web has the power to transform the way readers find what they are looking for online -- whether they know they are looking for it or not. For journalists, advances in the Semantic Web will dramatically change digital news. You’ll have the power to go beyond simple “tagging” and build rich connections among all your content: articles, images, motion and audio. But how can online journalists consistently and comprehensively semantically tag and, more importantly, semantically associate assets? How can you thrive in the Semantic Web?

"In this one-hour Webinar, digital consultant Diane Burley will:

* Explain tagging, taxonomies, authority files and knowledge bases
* Show how to expose this rich metadata to create a better user experience
* Explore ways to research or package news with greater ease
* Look at some of the online tools and companies that can help Web editors and publishers automatically tag and associate"

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Exec Summary: "Serious gaming, or the use of games and gaming dynamics for non-entertainment purposes, is poised to take off thanks to the rise of Technology Populism, the greening of IT, and the emergence of the Millennials. Opportunity comes from many sectors, but competition comes from a hodgepodge of companies, including IBM and Microsoft. To achieve widespread adoption, the industry must deal with five issues: 1) what games should be called; 2) how slick the presentation should be; 3) how users should interface with the games; 4) how to determine ROI; and 5) determining if the technology has any limitations. Clearing these hurdles will open the door for revolutionary uses of games, but getting from here to there will require patience and guidance on the part of serious games vendors."

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"The Forrester report argues that serious games are “poised to take off” in the next seven years. Why?

"Forrester cites the “green revolution,” which is pushing major corporations like IBM and SAP to experiment with virtual world technology as a way of saving on energy and operational costs, as well as the pervasive popularity of technology, especially among the Net-savvy Generation Y: “This comfort with virtualized workspaces has opened the door for the use of video games to help reduce long-term expenses in other cost centers, like training, learning, and team building,” the report reads. (Forrester’s authors distinguish persistent virtual worlds like Second Life from serious games, which are developed for specific goals in a limited time frame.)

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This is a pretty good recap explaining why a BARcamp might be useful not just to geeks, but to media folks and others who work with geeks. Good stuff!

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Great place to track the emerging Edupunk meme: "Ideology: educators and education strategies with a do it yourself (DIY) spirit. Includes most instructional uses of blogs, wikis, mashups, and podcasting among other uses of emerging technologies."

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