Category Archives: Miraisy Rodriguez

Independent journalist offers tips, guides, links

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ Robert Niles, who among other things, won the Online News Association’s 2001 award in the Online Service Journalism category for independent journalists, maintains a website with very useful links or journalists conducting online research. With categories ranging … Continue reading

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Run out of ideas? There’s an app for that

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ As a joint degree student from the law school, the first lesson I learned when I joined the communication school was that the kind of writing journalists do is completely different from the writing lawyers do. Among … Continue reading

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Data reporting within your comfort zone

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ Hearing about the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s use of free applications like Tableau Public sent me on the search for its competitors. It turns out young journalists may be able to create visualizations for their data … Continue reading

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The scoop on maintaining an online presence

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ Everywhere you look, young journalists are being told that having an online presence is essential in today’s market. Having a blog, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, etc. sounds like a great idea for tracking your thoughts, … Continue reading

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Nieman lab helps journalists light fires

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ The Nieman Journalism Lab is an online project from Harvard University. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism was established at Harvard in 1938, and the lab is certainly bringing it into the new age. There are a couple … Continue reading

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SPJ provides resources for student journalists

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ The Society of Professional Journalists has a special section for students on its website. Currently, the featured story on the student portal provides links to understanding the Freedom of Information laws. Meanwhile, on the right sidebar of the … Continue reading

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Journalists, programmers join forces to form group

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ As our CNJ 515 class points out to journalism students, the Internet, and new technologies generally, present journalists with both new opportunities and challenges. It’s not rare for lifetime technology users becoming journalists, or experienced journalists new … Continue reading

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Free Tableau software creates interactive data visualisations

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ While browsing the Internet for data heavy stories, journalism students are sure to run into the Guardian’s Datablog, where everything from the U.S. debt to infant mortality rates is being analyzed. The detail oriented students will soon realize … Continue reading

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Travel advisory sites helpful to journalists and tourists

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ I’ve heard various professors comment on the future of journalism. The two pieces of advice that stand out are (1) develop a dynamic skill set and (2) learn to write features. According to the UM grapevine, travel features in … Continue reading

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Shortcut through your Google searches

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ Journalists, lawyers, and just about everyone else looking through the World Wide Web for information could spend hours sorting through the thousands of links produced by popular search engines. A recent article printed in the American Bar … Continue reading

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Institute offers handy mobile reporting tools guide

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ While browsing Journalism.org for resources, I clicked on “Tools for Online Journalists” and was transferred from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism to the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. These sites are treasure … Continue reading

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Policymic.com allows anyone to be online journalist

By MIRAISY RODRIGUEZ Policymic is a self-described “democratic news platform.” It is essentially a dynamic news blog whose main categories are “Politics,” “World,” “Culture,” and “Millenials.” Policymic differs greatly from other news blogs, however. It’s sort of a social media … Continue reading

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