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Join us at SXSW for the very first meetup of our Digital Journalism Rocks Community!
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Hi everyone,

huge news! I finally decided it's time to meet. This community now exists for almost one year in the digital space - and we're more than 900 people from Canada to New Zealand!

So let's take it a step further and meet in person! Hereby I officially announce our very first Digital Journalism Rocks meetup at the gorgeous SXSW festival!

Digital Journalism Rocks Lunch @ SXSW
Sunday, March 12, 1pm - 3.30pm | Austin, Texas

I absolutely love the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival! It takes place every year in March in Austin, Texas, and is one of the coolest conferences in digital media and tech. So I chose this gorgeous event to host the first official Digital Journalism Rocks Meetup.
So all of you who are heading to SXSW this year: Join us for a lunch in the German Haus on Sunday, March 12! Thanks to Invest in Bavaria, lunch and drinks will be for free. \o/
But: A cool meetup needs cool attendees! So even if you're not coming to Austin - please help me and spread the word to all of your colleagues and friends! From this second on you can RSVP here - space is limited so don't hesitate to put you on the list.

I can't wait to finally see you all!

Rock on & see you in Austin!
Lina

ROCKS REPORT

 #all-social 


Is LinkedIn the next big thing?
  • In the last two weeks we discussed one of our all time favourite topics: Who will win - Instagram Stories or Snapchat? A potential decrease of Snapchat views was the basis of the debate, but we still don’t know, if it was because of the loss of autoplay or really because of Instagram’s strength. Well, we did not decide, but maybe you can share your opinion?
  • Our second discussion was about the potential of LinkedIn - thanks again to Henrik Ståhl for starting it. I would like to know: How do you use LinkedIn personally and for your company? Is it more important than Facebook or Twitter?

Channel Rockstar: @marcbiskup. Check out the channel for more or contact Marc for questions.

 #audience-development 


Do you know how iOS selects it's Spotlight Suggestions?

  • What’s the mechanism behind iOS’ Spotlight Suggestions, @javier_vazquez asks. It does neither seem to contain SEO-optimized nor very breaking or even personalized (at least in Switzerland) news. If you have a clue, please share ...

Channel Rockstar: @mario Check out the channel for more or contact Mario for questions.

 #audio 


Welcome to the "Check your Facts"-Podcast, the first project that wouldn't have started without DJR!

+++ BREAKING NEWS +++ Two of us, Henrik Stahl from Stockholm and David Tvrdon from Bratislava, are starting a weekly podcast! This is huge, because the podcast would not exist without our Digital Journalism Rocks community. Mostly because the two would not have met, supposably.

 

  • So, please, give the „Check Your Facts“ podcast a very warm welcome by subscribing via iTunes, visiting the website, following the Twitter account, subscribing to the newsletter and, of course, listining to the show.
  • The podcast is supposed to be „about journalism, by journalists, for everyone.“ The two want to „strive for clarity in a world rattled by Brexits and Trumps“ and „dig into the emotions tied to the significant moments.“ Or, as David says in the teaser episode: “It’s gonna be a hell of a journey.”
  • The first episode of the podcast will also feature a guest you are all familiar with: Lina Timm – our „commander-in-chief“.


Channel Rockstar: @kollege. Check out the channel for more or contact Marc for questions.

 #ddj-dataviz 

Get some news from the Nordic Data Journalism Conference

  • @mirkolorenz shared his presentation on data-driven journalism from the Nordic Data Journalism Conference that took place end of January: bit.ly/2krMTsX

Channel Rockstar: @dorien_luyckx. Check out the channel for more or contact Dorien for questions.

 #facebook 


Here is finally a Facebook Live video that has some serious content (thank god!)

Channel Rockstar: @davidtvrdon. Check out the channel for more or contact David for questions.

 #mobile-reporting 


What do you think on using drones for journalism?

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.

 #monetization 


"Steady" wants to be the platform where you finally make money as a journalist
  • @sebastianesser introduced Steady, a DNI funded platform which is“Patreon for journalists, bloggers, podcasters and other content creators.” Give them your feedback!
  • At @excinit highlighted that ad blocking has migrated to mobile (because making money off of content isn’t quite challenging enough), but surprisingly, with the majority in Asia, rather than Europe or North America.  

Channel Rockstar: @farahcoletteCheck out the channel for more or contact Farah for questions.

 #startups 


Get some fresh money from Google's DNI

Channel Rockstar: @jankoenigCheck out the channel for more or contact Jan for questions.

 #storytelling 


One of our members launched a new storytelling platform and needs your expert feedback!

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.

 #tooltime 


We need some input regarding Editorial Analytics and a new Newsletter discovery platform!

Channel Rockstar: @tilman. Check out the channel for more or contact Tilman for questions.

 GIF of the week 


Our #catcontent Channel is far too quiet!

We all need some good GIFs now and then. And a new channel Rockstar for #catcontent.

Spread Love!
These people contributed to this newsletter, give them all your love as they clean up our Slack for you!
@madalina.ciobanu@kollege@thomasweyres@davidtvrdon@marcbiskup@martinhoffmann@flight_1@tilman@jankoenig, @henrik.stahl@dorien_luyckx, @farahcolette and @luziatschirky.
Give Love!

We're searching for more Rockstars! These channels are not assigned yet: #events and #audience-development. Anyone who is into one of these topics and would like to be a Rockstar? Just volunteer in our #headquarter!
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