Watchdog journalism workshop held in Jacksonville

Below are photos from a workshop for journalists that I attended Nov. 8 and 9. Investigative Reporters & Editors, or IRE, ran the Watchdog Workshop, which covered such subjects as effective use of the Internet, open records, the art of the interview and cultivating sources.
The Nov. 9 session was about computer-assisted reporting. It was a hands-on session aimed at showing how to use data and Excel to produce stories. Both days were fantastic. IRE training director Megan Luther and all the other trainers were great. See additional photos here.

NY Times editor: Tweet but verify

1-DSC01212Twitter has become a vital tool for many journalists, especially those who cover government, the New York Times first social media editor told an audience Tuesday at Flagler College in St. Augustine.
“Official sources on Twitter have just exploded in the past two years,” said Jennifer Preston, who was in town as part of the college’s Forum on Government and Public Policy series.
Preston advises journalists to follow both the official and personal Twitter stream of their key sources. Continue reading

Purple balloons for Michelle

Friends and relatives of Michelle O’Connell gathered at her graveside Monday in St. Augustine on what would have been her 29th birthday. They released purple balloons into the sky – a message of love that they hoped would reach O’Connell in heaven.
They also celebrated O’Connell’s life. They remembered that she loved going to beach. They said she enjoyed simple pleasures, like the smell of sunflowers. She adored her daughter, Alexis.
She was a “fun-loving person,” said Ciara Morris, who was O’Connell’s best friend. Continue reading