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  • Eric Ulken 3:11 pm on November 9, 2009
    Tags: , InfoCamp, , Online Journalism Review, Poynter Institute, Spiegel Online, TwitterTim.es   

    Posted here and there 

    The problem with writing for several outlets is that your stuff lacks a home on the Internet. But it’s nothing that a little aggregation can’t fix. In case you missed it, here’s some of what I’ve been writing in the last few months:

    • Today at De Nieuwe Reporter, the Dutch online journalism blog I write for, I posted a piece on InfoCamp, a terrific unconference I attended last month in Seattle. It’s about what online journalists can learn from information scientists. (And yes, it’s in English.)
    • I’ve been enjoying using TwitterTim.es, an aggregator that lets you build a personalized “newspaper” featuring the posts tweeted most frequently by people you follow. (Here’s mine.) Intrigued, I interviewed Maxim Grinev, the site’s tech lead, for Online Journalism Review.
    • I weighed in on the question of whether SEO practices make for dumb, boring headlines, also at OJR. (By the way, I’m working on an online course on writing headlines for the web for the Poynter Institute’s NewsU. If you have some instructive experiences to share, please let me know.)
    • Finally, I wrote about recently launched redesigns at Germany’s Spiegel Online, where I worked this summer, and my alma mater, the Los Angeles Times, also for De Nieuwe Reporter.

    Also, as I’m doing more writing and consulting in various places, I’ve updated my about page with the customary disclosures.

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  • Eric Ulken 2:14 am on March 19, 2009
    Tags: BarCamp, , Online Journalism Review   

    ‘Spontaneous bashing together of ideas’ 

    That’s how BeeBCamp, a BarCamp-style unconference held at the BBC last month, was described on the organization’s public blog. My OJR piece on BeeBCamp and “innovation events” in general is up. If your organization has held such an event, please share your experience.

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    • Ben 10:03 am on March 20, 2009

      I was recently told that barcamps need not include alcohol — and that origin is in fact the infamous programming filler, foobar. A bit of a disappointment. If journalists can have any influence on the programming world, I hope it might be moving things from hotel ballrooms to trashy bars.

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