We won an SPJ award! Plus collaborative mobile storytelling, SMS for journalism and more

This is the May 2017 edition of the NJ Mobile News Lab’s monthly newsletter. Each month, we deliver curated information about our efforts and the work of our grantees. We also include a selection of articles, links, and other resources related to the mobile media and publishing industry.

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NJ Mobile News Lab wins NJ Society of Professional Journalists award

Mobile lab takes 1st place in Media-Affiliated Blog category

The New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards for work done in 2016, and the NJ Mobile News Lab took first place in the Media-Affiliated Blog category.

In particular, the NJSPJ highlighted our post on what it’s like to set up Facebook Instant Articles for local publishers. You can view the full list of awards by clicking here.


Designed by Max Resnik using Canva.com from a photo by Jens Knudsen.

‘Pop-Up Newsroom’ at Collaborative Journalism Summit demonstrates value of collaboration and mobile storytelling

By Eric Ortiz, founder and CEO of Evrybit

I run a startup called Evrybit. It’s a mobile reporting app that streamlines collaborative storytelling. Think of Evrybit as a way to organize reporting and storytelling into one stream using text, photo, video and audio content. Like many early-stage apps, we want more users. One way startups can acquire more users is to increase product awareness with their target audience. For us, that’s journalists. A conference on collaborative journalism sounded like a target-rich environment.

From 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., eight students reported on the Collaborative Journalism Summit — taking pictures, recording videos, interviewing attendees, writing text — in one collaborative story. This is the story they produced on Day 1. They also created individual Evrybit stories on …

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Designed by Max Resnik using Canva.com from a photo by Jens Knudsen.

In Text We Trust: How SMS messaging tools can be used by journalists

By Max Resnik, grad student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Rebecca Harris, CEO of Purple, spoke to a community engagement class at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism this month about how texting can be a useful tool for journalists. Purple allows users to sign up for messages directly texted from a reporter, expert or some other professional in a particular field. These messages, sent a few times a day or less often, are intended to provide a more direct link between readers and creators. There is also the capacity for readers to respond back to the leader of that channel….

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Miguel Paz leads data skills training at Montclair State University

Plus: Resources and reference guides for local data journalists

Renowned data journalist and Poderopedia founder Miguel Paz made his way across the Hudson to Montclair State University in April to lead a data journalism workshop for a group of New Jersey journalists.

The workshop began with an overview of the fundamentals of working with data, including an explanation of what data is, how it can be used and how to read it. From there, Paz used sample datasets to work through the various functions of Excel and Sheets and explain how they can be used to find and tell stories that would otherwise have gone unnoticed…

Click here to read the full article via the Center for Cooperative Media

We’ve added a whole slew of new trainings to our 2017 events schedule. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect over the next few months:



Bots, AI, and messaging apps

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Social tools and platforms

Augmented and virtual reality

Commentary and more

The Center for Cooperative Media will curate information about our efforts and the work of our grantees, along with relevant industry trends via this monthly newsletter, the contents of which will also be published on the NJ Mobile News Lab blog.



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