The BBC News bureau in Singapore, home to our Asia online news desk, is also a broadcast hub for BBC World News television producing the live daily news programmes Newsday and Asia Business Report. The newsroom has an opportunity for a Digital Journalist to work from the Singapore bureau on a fixed term contract for 12 months.
For a journalist in the digital age, sifting through copious amount of online data is an unavoidable part of the job. But it doesn’t always have to be the most tedious part of filing your story. Google can help! One of the world’s most popular search engines provides extra tools streamlined for the media.
The Singapore sub-chapter of AAJA-Asia recently held its first joint event with Google Singapore, “How to harness Google effectively for your reporting,” to highlight some of these search tips to journalists and other media professions. From tapping into resources like the ‘Advanced Search’ functions to filtering out for file types in your search results, to verifying data and images through the ‘Image Search’ function, Google can quickly become a journalist’s best friend. Learning the tools that are readily available at your fingertips goes hand-in-hand with staying sharp in the digital age
Those attending the workshop also learned that Google works beyond supporting existing stories; it’s a powerful tool for discovering original content, by exploring Google’s readily available public data. With simple query terms like “smartphone vs. android”, the presenter from Google quickly whipped up extensive visualizations of search data from around the world. In a couple clicks, we could compare how countries from around the world have searched for android and iPhone related pages, and compare global trends. However, it is also important as a journalist to recognize the selection effect at play: In some countries, Google isn’t necessarily the go-to search engine.
The next presenter from Youtube gave a workshop on optimizing the video-sharing platform for the media. Whether you’re contributing to a company channel or establishing your own brand, these are a few tips to keep in mind:
- — Become a subject matter expert through generating and curating content. All digital storytellers aim to create engaging content, but if you’re on the go, you can easily share content that you’ve curated, or re-release your previous content under a slightly different packaging (changing headlines, thumbnails, etc.)
— Interact with your audience. Cross promote your various social media platforms (Twitter, Google Hangouts, etc.) to give your audience options for interacting with you.
— Make use of your analytics. By knowing that the average YouTube user drops off the first 15 seconds, you can be a more mindful storyteller and craft your story accordingly.
There’s plenty more Google tools for media available here: http://www.google.com/get/mediatools/
March 21, 2015
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Google, 8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960
Need sources for a breaking news story? Looking for a trend story? Wondering how to build an online profile?
Join us for a workshop conducted by Google, in collaboration with AAJA-Asia (Singapore), on how you can effectively harness Google to enhance your research and reporting skills. More details to follow.
The workshop will be followed by a tour of Google’s premises.
AAJA-Asia will be hosting its first ever multi-city online journalism event on Nov. 29. Two panels with several top speakers and experienced journalists from across Asia will meet, in person and online, to talk shop. Find out where people are meeting in your city and come join the discussion!
SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014
FREE for AAJA members/co-host university students. US$10 per city for non-members.
[Keynote panel] Confessions from a Veteran Journalist – 60 min.
At this Google Hangout panel connecting speakers in three cities – Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo – seasoned reporters and editors from top news organizations will offer their insights on lessons learned through their experiences.
What mistakes have these top journalists made and how did they recover from them? What advice can they give his/her 10-, 20-year younger self? How can journalists be successful and survive in an increasingly lean newsroom environment?
Speakers will each give a short talk. A 30-min. Q&A session will follow.
Speakers: Elaine Kurtenbach (AP, Tokyo), Kurt Achin (Freelance, Seoul), Zeb Eckert (Bloomberg News, HK)
Moderator: Ken Moritsugu (AP, Tokyo)
[Panel 2] Reporting Tools You Can Use – 60 min.
What’s the latest in news collecting and verifying information? This multi-city, interactive panel will look at the apps and online tools reporters can use. Find out what the next, next Twitter or LinkedIn is, for gathering story ideas and reaching out to sources.
Each speaker will introduce a tool or an app. (5 minutes each.) A 30-min. session follows with other AAJA member cities chiming in and sharing the latest app or tool used in their cities.
Speakers: ClassDo, Chiew Chung (ClassDo, Tokyo). Twitter, Olivia Rosenman (Storyful, Hong Kong). WordPress, Darcy Christ (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Independent Media Outlet Creation, Tae-hoon Lee (Korea Observer, Seoul) & Steve Miller (Asia News Weekly, Seoul). Banjo, Jason Gatewood (NextMedia Animation, Taipei). Deep Web Search, Oanh Ha (Bloomberg News, Hanoi)
AAJA National President Paul Cheung and AAJA-Asia President Ramy Inocencio are among the speakers at this year’s first annual Digital Journalism World Conference in Singapore. Paul is the global interactive editor for the Associated Press, and Ramy is a senior producer at Wall Street Journal Digital.
AAJA member in Thailand Asha Philips, Asia Pacific bureau chief at Storyful, is also listed as a speaker.
The event, held on Oct. 7-8 at M Hotel Singapore, will have several big names, including keynote speakers Robert Bole, of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and Lisa McLeod, of the Financial Times. The program includes panels on news gathering, news distribution and “tools of change.”
AAJA is listed as a supporting association.
The Asia Journalism Fellowship is open for applications now until October 25.
The fellowship brings around 15 journalists from across Asia to Singapore for three months, March 17 to June 6 in 2014. Supported by Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University, AJF fully sponsors fellow’s participation.
Fellows are based at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
The program allows fellows to take part in seminars and workshops designed to sharpen professional skills and deepen their understanding of key trends shaping their profession. Eased of their usual deadline pressures, fellows also get to work on an independent project and pursue their intellectual interests, guided by professors and other experts on and off campus.
Visit www.ajf.sg for details.
Jane Horan, who spoke at a leadership seminar at the New.Now.Next Media Conference at the University of Hong Kong on May 25, is holding a workshop in Singapore on June 6.
The workshop is based on her research with women combined with creative thinking and practical tips.
The working world has changed, its accelerated and more complex than ever. Successful Career Navigation is an art, something that must be learned as sooner or later everyone faces a career opportunity, challenge or setback. Managing your career is no longer an option, it’s a must!
More on the workshop and how to register here.
Reuters is looking for a market editor to oversee FX Buzz, a new market intelligence and analysis service.
FX is at the heart of the Thomson Reuters financial desktop franchise. FX Buzz focuses on giving real-time market flows, chart technicals, rumors and commentary along with original graphics.
The global publication ICIS is looking for a Japanese-speaking reporter to cover LNG based in Singapore. A reporter based in Tokyo may also be considered.