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Carnival of Journalism: Life hacks and how to rock your journalism information workflow

Greetings Carnies!
For this installment of the Carnival of Journalism we’re going to go ultra practical:

What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively?

As a recovering RSS-aholic, (my Google Reader account peaked around 2,100 about a year and half ago, I’ve paired it down to 931 currently and am looking to drop that by a half this summer) I’ve always marveled at people like Robert Scoble who seems to be everywhere and tracking everything. Part of this is because he’s an information hound, part social media addict and it’s also part his job to be out there in the conversation with the tech industry. Tim Ferris interviewed him four years ago about his 600+ feeds and how he digs through them for good information.

In my effort to cull my RSS feeds, I’ve relied much more on social networks for network curation but in that transition I realized I was doing it wrong, again. This Winter while meeting with a group of news nerds talking about their workflows, most confessed that they read only a very small portion of their Twitter alerts. At this time, I was close to reading around 70-80+% (obviously that fluctuated but on the average day I’d hit that number or higher); almost everyone else in the room was in the 5-15% range.

So during 2011, I’ve tried to focus on finding more tools and techniques to help boost productivity and save time, while not compromising the quality of information/work completed. Everyone has different ideas on what makes their workflow work, and while sites like Lifehacker.com does a fantastic job, I believe journalists especially manage and filter a lot of information every day, so it would be fascinating to share some of our best practices with the JCarn community.

So for instance, what tools, plugins, apps and websites do you use to get the most out of the day?
For example, here are a few that I’ve tried at various times:

What work techniques and strategies have you learned over the years that help boost your productivity and effectiveness?
More examples of things I’ve tried to get you thinking:

Other ideas?

Our deadline for publishing will be Friday, June 10th. I hope we can all help each other become better, more productive and informed journalists.

16 Comments

  1. Here’s mine. “WordPress blogging in Markdown with Textmate”
    Made a video. :)

    http://1rick.com/blog/wordpress-textmate

  2. Great prompt. Here’s my contribution on how I try to automate away my admin time and use smart filters to make sure I get the best of my sources.

  3. Here’s my submission, a few of the different things I use to work more efficiently, including some fun things you can do on a Kindle, After the Deadline and special search operators:

    Carnival of Journalism: Hack your life with the Kindle, After the Deadline and more

  4. My posting is about using GoogleDocs as a tool for more effective and efficient teaching of journalistic writing. It can be found at:
    http://drrosenberryspage.blogspot.com/2011/06/googledocs-helps-in-teaching.html

  5. Here’s the link to my contribution to this month’s Carnival of Journalism. A bit old-school–instead of focusing on tech tools I look at what’s necessary for me to be productive, regardless of tools available: http://benfranklinfollies.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-foundation-for-productivity/

  6. Mine went up yesterday, but I forgot to post here and the group until now.

    Just a short list of stuff I like, couldn’t work without or live without:

    http://emmacarew.tumblr.com/post/6364300247/carnival-of-journalism-life-work-hacks