By KELSEY PINAULT
After a while I start to wonder what websites there are that haven’t been covered that are worth blogging about for this class. Convinced I have shared all the ones I knew of, I decided to do a little searching through Google for “websites useful to journalists.” After a few minutes of searching, I came across one that caught my eye. 10,000 Words is essentially the exact website I was searching for.
“10,000 Words was created as a resource for journalists and web and technology enthusiasts to learn the tools that are shaping digital journalism. The site offers examples, resources, and tutorials of both new and established technologies used to enhance journalism.”
http://10000words.net/ is a blog, getting its information from contributing paid journalists, and currently functioning under The Washington Post. With entries on an array of interested topics for journalists in the 21st Century, from 3 Ways journalism classes are making education more interactive to The top seven technologies that changed modern journalism forever. Along with these blogs, dating all the way back to the start of the website in July 2007, 10,000 Words also provides its viewers with tags to maps, flash, video, photos, site management, audio, citizen journalism, blogging, news on the news, social networking, mobile, database, radio, wiki and design. By clicking on any one of these 15 tags, you are taken to the information devoted to that topic only. So, for example, if you are a journalist interested specifically in design, you just click the design tag, and you are given an abundant amount of information on that topic, including many examples of how different news organizations display their data through different designs to get a certain point across.
This website also gives journalists a list of useful sites to reference, including ones previously covered in our blog, such as News University, as well as about 15 other interesting sites devoted to the communications realm.
One of the blogs I found most interesting, that also represents many of how the other blogs on this website are shaped, was eight ways of visualizing the news. This entry gives you a list of the top eight resources you can use to help visualize the news and an example of this. The list ranges from the photo stream to livenewscamera.com all useful in this topic, and things journalists might not think of on their own.
I think this website is very interesting and useful to student journalists as well as professionals.