Lynn Walsh selected for “30 Under 30″ list

by on Feb.11, 2012, under In the News, What's New

Hire Me Campaign selected me as one of 30 young professionals for college students and recent graduates to follow on Twitter. I am listed as the “all-around journalist” and am very excited to be included on this list of young professional actively using Twitter to share ideas and connect with the world.

Here is where I am featured:

The All-Around Journalist- Lynn Walsh
Twitter: @LWalsh
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Company: WPTV, News Channel 5, www.LynnKWalsh.com
Her Advice: Loving what you do is more important than anything. Seek out positions and companies you are passionate about and if it doesn’t exist do not be afraid to create it.

The full article is below and can be read here. You can follow all of the 30 young professionals on Twitter by following this list.

“30 under 30″ Young Professional Twitter List

Need some advice from a young professional in your industry? Check out our “30 Under 30″ Young Professionals to Follow on Twitter list!From bloggers to entrepreneurs, teachers to engineers, they’ve all given advice specifically for you – the young student or recent grad starting the newest chapter of your life! Make sure to follow them for industry insight, tips of the trade and of course, to make a connection with someone who has been in your shoes and knows how to get to the next level!
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11 Ways to Get the Most Out of #EIJ11

by on Sep.20, 2011, under In the News, What's New

An article written for the Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA:

Sep 20 2011
By Lynn Walsh, RTDNA Blogger

As the Excellence in Journalism conference looms closer, ask yourself: “Am I ready?”

Yes, you have registered and hopefully already figured out where you are staying, but what about the other details? Have you contacted people to re-connect? Have you made time network with the other thousand or so journalists that will be there? Do you know which sessions you are going and what you will be doing in between the sessions?

Registration and booking a flight are only the first steps. Here are some more ways you can prepare for a conference where journalists from around the world get together to learn, provide advice and most importantly talk business!
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Do You Ever Shorten Titles On Air?

by on Aug.30, 2011, under In the News, What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

Aug 30 2011
By Lynn Walsh, RTDNA Blogger

Journalism is about informing the public and providing information. While we are producing the stories and videos for the public we want them to be easy to understand, right?

When you work to make something informative and also easy to understand it can sometimes make telling the story a little more difficult. Questions like: what details do you include? and what information gets left out? come up all the time!

Those questions can also go beyond facts about the story to information about the people being interviewed in your story. What do you call them? Do you include their formal title that can be a combination of three, four, five and sometimes more words or do you just shorten it to make it faster to say on-air?
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Prominent developer targets anonymous blogger in First Amendment battle

by on Aug.17, 2011, under Investigations, Multimedia, What's New

A story written for BrowardBulldog:

A First Amendment battle has erupted between a prominent South Florida developer and a blogger, who so far has only been identified as “John Doe.”

Raanan Katz, a minority owner of the Miami Heat, and his family-owned company R.K. Associates are suing the anonymous blogger for defamation and libel for reports he claims are false and malicious.

The blogger’s Fort Lauderdale attorney, Robert Kain, argues in court papers that his client is a “citizen journalist” deserving of First Amendment protection because his reporting on Katz is about “matters of public concern.”

“Doe is an anonymous citizen journalist critically reporting what he considers to be abusive litigation tactics and prior criminal convictions by a well know public person Raanan Katz and Katz’ companies,” the papers say.

Katz’s filed the case in state court in June, but it has since been removed to federal court in Miami. Katz dropped an additional claim for false advertising against the blogger last week.

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In Journalism, How Much Do Titles Matter?

by on Aug.17, 2011, under What's New

A story written for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Generation J committee and the Radio Television Digital News Association:

Aug 17 2011
By Lynn Walsh, RTDNA Blogger & SPJ Generation J Committee Head

Are you a multimedia journalist or a video journalist? Or are you a multimedia producer? Or maybe you consider yourself a digital journalist?

As the technology in the newsroom continues to change, the responsibilities of each person in the newsroom is also changing.

A reporter may now also be considered a photographer, an editor, a web producer, etc. More and more of us do more than just write stories or make the phone calls and do the research for the stories. We are also responsible for taking the pictures, shooting video, creating an online story and more, all while still reporting.

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5 Ways To Become An Expert in Your Newsroom

by on Aug.16, 2011, under What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

Aug 09 2011
By Lynn Walsh, RTDNA Blogger

As news consumption and delivery continues to change, your role in the newsroom probably continues to change too. Sometimes probably more quickly than you would like.

While you cannot always control what story you are covering on a particular day, you can work to help shape the topics and stories you become remembered and known for.

I think the best way to do this is to think about what you want to become an expert in. Think of it as the go-to person in your newsroom when someone needs a source, story idea or advice about a particular story.

You could be an expert in almost anything. Maybe it is a particular beat (city council, the local school board political races, etc.) or maybe it is a type of reporting (investigations, consumer, breaking news, etc.) You could also become an expert based on mastering certain skills (mobile reporting, creating multimedia and interactive web tools, public information requests, etc.)

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Location! Location! Location! 4 Ways to Improve the ‘Where’ of Your Coverage

by on Jul.24, 2011, under In the News, What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

Location! Location! Location! 4 Ways to Improve the ‘Where’ of Your Coverage
Mar 12 2011
By Lynn Walsh, Texas Watchdog & RTDNA Blogger

Whether it is online, on the radio or on TV every story we report happens somewhere. For many the “where” part of that is very important.

As reporters we are traveling in and out of neighborhoods in our communities every day. We become familiar with places and neighborhoods more than most do just living in them. Sometimes, I think, that the familiarity we gain as reporters, editors or photographers can be taken for granted as we write, produce and tell our stories.

We tell the stories and may forget to include our location or just include it with a lower-third or caption in a picture. While the location is there, it is not always the most helpful. Here are some ways we as reporters can better include location in our stories.

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8 Ways To Improve Your Social Media Usage

by on Jul.24, 2011, under In the News, What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

8 Ways To Improve Your Social Media Usage
Mar 30 2011
By Lynn Walsh, Texas Watchdog & RTDNA Blogger

Social media – some people love it, others despise it. But, no matter what side you may fall on, as a journalist you are probably on at least one and using it for both professional and personal reasons.

The mix between professional and personal can be tricky to balance. How much sharing is too much? Should you “like” politicians on Facebook? What about liking links to stories that show bias one way or the other? And most importantly: What about the comments you make or status updates you post, are they biased?

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4 Ways to Make Sure Your Facts Are Bulletproof

by on Jul.24, 2011, under In the News, What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

4 Ways to Make Sure Your Facts Are Bulletproof
Apr 05 2011
By Lynn Walsh, Texas Watchdog & RTDNA Blogger

If it’s on the internet or television it has to be true, right?

I hope we all know the answer to that question.

Or how about all the people you have heard justify something they have said with one of the following statements: “But I saw it on the news..That’s what they said on the radio this morning…But, I read it in the newspaper.”

While I believe in journalism and journalists, I am not sure I can say that just because something is covered by the news and appears in the news it is ALWAYS true. I do believe that most journalists go above and beyond to fact-check their stories but sometimes things slip through the cracks. And I would argue more often than not it happens when using the internet or online sources to verify the facts in a story.

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4 Ways to Develop Stories Via Social Media

by on Jul.24, 2011, under In the News, What's New

A story written for the Radio Television Digital News Association:

4 Ways to Develop Stories Via Social Media
Apr 11 2011
By Lynn Walsh, Texas Watchdog & RTDNA Blogger

Getting sick of covering a story featured on a press release? It is time to develop your own unique story then and social media can help.

The best way to break away from the every-day story is to develop your own and pitch it to your news manager. With Facebook and Twitter around it is easy. Here are some tips to use social media to develop enterprise stories for your news room.

1. Connect with people. Whether it is on Facebook or Twitter, search for the people, groups, etc. that are influences in your community or your beat and follow them or friend them. I would even ask to join their groups and be notified of when meetings/events are. Consider creating lists on Twitter for different categories of people, that way their posts don’t get lost in the online shuffle of updates. Creating a list can also make it easier to just look at those people all at once when it is time to think of story ideas.

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