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The Orlando Sentinel has won an award from the Society for News Design‘s Best of Multimedia Design competition for an interactive graphic project completed by CFABJ member Tory Hargro and another multimedia artist.

See Tory’s award-winning project here.

Congrats, Tory!


How useful can a service that limits your communication to only 140 characters be?

Very useful, some journalists say.

More here.

…then you missed some exciting discussion about online social-networking applications, the intersection of old and new media and what broadcast outlets and print publications have to do to survive in a rapidly changing world.

But even if you did miss the two-day event in downtown Orlando this past weekend, you still have an opportunity to see what some of the presenters and attendees had to say and learn about some of the future efforts being planned to unite the Orlando-area tech and arts communities.

As multimedia applications evolve at a head-spinning pace, it can sometimes be difficult for journalists to figure which applications to use — and how to use them.

The latest application to come in for scrutiny is the microblogging service Twitter.

Here are two helpful pieces that explain a few ways journalists can use Twitter:

CFABJers, do you tweet? Have you found it helpful in finding or disseminating news? If you have questions about the application, bring them to our April 19 meeting, when we’ll be talking a bit about multimedia.

You can find work by many of them at the Web sites of their employers, but do you know about the third places quite a few of Central Florida’s black journalists and public-relations professionals have created online?

You also may be able to find any number of Central Florida’s black journalists at various social networking sites such as Pownce, Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. Just search for them by name!

CFABJ as an organization also has two other homes. We have a Facebook page (if you’re on Facebook, join us there) and we also maintain an e-mail list. If you’re interested in joining the e-mail list, send a message to cfabj1[at]gmail[dot]com indicating your interest in receiving messages from the group.


Have you been meaning to catch up with the latest on the tools for creating and distributing information on the Internet? Register (for free) for BarCampOrlando on April 5th and 6th. The first day will focus on the technical side of things for software developers and programmers. Sunday’s focus will be on new media with workshops on video production, photography, podcasting and more.

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The newspaper industry has experienced its greatest drop in ad revenue in more than 50 years, but that drop can be attributed to both a general economic slowdown and the challenges faced by the industry.

Print advertising dropped 9.4 percent to $42 billion and total advertising revenue dropped 7.9 percent to $45.3 billion in 2007 compared with the prior year.

Even online revenue, which is supposed to save print, grew 18.8 percent in 2007 compared with its 31.4 percent growth rate in 2006.

I’d like to get some feedback on this interesting post from noted web guru Howard Owens. Fellow member Akili Ramsess, had this to say about the post:

“He makes some insightful points. What I think is important is that we have valued, engaging conversation with each other and continue to pursue innovation web journalism that can create a viable business model to sustain us all and continue to serve and grow our readers and viewers.”

What do you think?

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Think because you’re a broadcaster you’re not as much at risk as print reporters in the rush to online?

Think again.

Jeff Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal, says his company’s future lies with its cable news outlet MSNBC — and, increasingly, online.

Pointing out that few people in the audience of students, faculty and media gathered there likely watch the 6:30 p.m. newscast, Zucker said NBC News is lucky to have a cable-news outlet in MSNBC, adding that more and more content will continue to migrate there and to

“The definition of NBC News is really changing,” he added, “and it’s becoming more MSNBC and”