High School Media Online

How I’m surviving my first year as adviser: The Final Month

How I’m surviving my first year as adviser: The Final Month

| May 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

May: It’s one of the best times to be a teacher; and it’s one of the worst. How do you motivate your staff to finish the year strong? At our school, with May comes: prom, awards ceremonies, senior sports nights, AP testing, dance marathon, a talent show, an art show, the last week of high […]

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118 Amazing High School Twitter Feeds

118 Amazing High School Twitter Feeds

| April 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

118 Amazing High School Twitter Feeds This past winter I had the pleasure of listening to Logan Aimone talk about Twitter lists at the IHSPA Winter Thaw. Aimone discussed how his Twitter lists for high school journalism, college journalism, and numerous other news feeds give him a good sense of what is going on in […]

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Create an ISSUU Group!

Create an ISSUU Group!

| November 22, 2010

Recently, I created an ISSUU group to try and lure Iowa High School Publications to share their newspapers online.  If you are an Iowa adviser click here to join.  The idea is to share our publications online, save postage, and showcase great work. So far it is starting out slowly, but the advantages are immense. […]

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Two WordPress Plugins to Speed Up Your Site

Two WordPress Plugins to Speed Up Your Site

| October 28, 2010

After developing any site there comes a time when all the great stories, photos and videos start to slow down the load time.  To fix this problem there are two WordPress Plugins that will compress photos and solve cache or coding problems.  They are WP Super Cache and WP Smush.it. There are a few other […]

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VIDEO INTERVIEWS:  Using Flip cameras and online sharing to improve convergence

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Using Flip cameras and online sharing to improve convergence

| October 4, 2010

Conducting interviews with a video camera is a technique that many reporters are now using to increase accuracy and post instant responses online. Click here for a recent post using video interviews after a school play. “I think they liked it.  They clapped,” Sobaski, an actor being video taped in a recent school production, said. […]

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Improved WordPress photo galleries and slide shows

Improved WordPress photo galleries and slide shows

| September 29, 2010

After parent teacher conferences ended I came away with one resounding thought from parents. “WE WANT MORE PHOTOS ONLINE!” Not only did they want more photos on the Web site, but they wanted to see them in thumbnail galleries and cool flash slide shows. To my surprise there are an assortment of new WordPress plug-ins […]

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Professional reporter encourages linking sites and video interviewing

Professional reporter encourages linking sites and video interviewing

| September 22, 2010

Christoph Trappe did a guest lecture in my class today on convergence media and posted a quick story on my Mickey Mouse ears. (CLICK HERE) He discussed the new structure of media at Gazette Communications and his career path.  When he left reporting he had been writer.  On his return he is now a video […]

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High School Journalism Web Site Traffic Data from January

High School Journalism Web Site Traffic Data from January

| February 23, 2010

Early in February, I made an all-call to three different organizations, comprised of more than 1,100 individuals involved in scholastic media, asking them to share their site’s Web traffic data. Twenty-one sites shared their visitor data so that we can have a first look into traffic generated on scholastic media sites.

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