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Brian Anthony Hernandez

My first attempt at Storify, a new storytelling tool incorporating social media

On Tuesday, I tested Storify by writing a quick article about the public’s reactions to Facebook’s new messaging system.

Storify’s description of its tool: “You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.”

Click here or on the image to the left to read my article.

Originally, I was going to embed the article on the online publication I work for called BusinessNewsDaily.com; however, my editors and I decided to hold off until further testing and discussion.

What do you think of this storytelling method? Send comments to Hernandez.BrianAnthony@gmail.com

Media outlets across the nation have given Storify a shot. My former colleagues at The Arizona Republic are using the tool, too. Here’s an example from them: “Top Celebrity News from Suzanne Condie Lambert.”


November 18, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Writing | 1 Comment

Why cover events using Twitter? It works. Here’s some advice

Today for work, I’ll be posting quotations, trends and pictures on Twitter during the Social Media Strategies Conference where “leading digital, client and agency experts” will discuss the power of social media.

You can read my updates on my account or by following this hashtag on Twitter: #amsms10.

Among the high-profile speakers are musician Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Huffington Post president Greg Coleman, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Pretty cool, eh?

Last month, I live tweeted during The New York Times Small Business Summit and received positive feedback from attendees and co-workers. During the event, almost 100 new people started following my Twitter account and several of the high-profile speakers retweeted and responded to my tweets. The MC also read one of my tweets aloud to the more than 500 attendees.

While there, I met Brooke Howell, an editor at news aggregation website SmartBrief. She often live tweets during events. I asked her a few questions to help you and me learn about live tweeting. Her answers:

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October 13, 2010 Posted by | Online, Work, Writing | Leave a comment

My article was the main story on a global news publication’s business page

This is a screen shot of Christian Science Monitor's business page on Thursday. That's my story on the left.

The Christian Science Monitor, an international news publication that reaches millions of readers each month, ran one of my articles as its main story on its business page on Thursday: “Best country for entrepreneurs? Hint: Not the US.” This is my first syndicated story as a business reporter in NYC.

My articles typically appear on BusinessNewDaily.com, but major online publications can publish them, too, using a process called syndication. A digest in Europe and several blogs also used my story.

It’s important for my stories to get syndicated in order for the content to reach more readers and to attract more people to my company’s website, which has a narrower audience because we focus on stories about small businesses and startups. Click here to see our staff biographies and our publication’s mission, which were posted this week.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Writing | Leave a comment

Say what? | ‘Ellen DeGeneres is now following you on Twitter!’

Yeah, the subject line in an e-mail in my inbox read, “Ellen DeGeneres is now following you on Twitter!”

“Say what?” I said aloud to myself. “Cool.” I clicked on the e-mail. The message revealed that I don’t follow her. Uh oh, I thought. I do now. I’m one of the 42,964 accounts she follows. The picture shows my profile on her list of followers.

August 19, 2010 Posted by | Online, Personal | Leave a comment

7 journalists discuss their confidence in newspapers and journalism

Gallup survey results break down Americans' confidence in newspapers by age groups. Credit: Gallup

I recently tweeted this:

“GRAPHS & STATS | Age group with most confidence in #newspapers: 18- to 29-year-olds ► http://bit.ly/aUPctG Scroll down to see data in table.”

The Gallup survey results compelled me to analyze my confidence and prod my journalism friends about theirs. So, I asked them, “Why are we and why should we be confident in newspapers? Or why are we not confident? And beyond newspapers, why are we confident in journalism, including online media?”

Below, six friends – reporters, copy editors, designers from across the country – and I answer these questions as journalists and consumers of news in the 18- to 29-year-old age group.


► “Despite all the prognosticators who say newspapers will die, I see in the explosion of online media just the opposite. So many of these places are aggregators of news that first appeared in newspapers. Without newspapers, online news sites and blogs would lack the oxygen to feed their attention-grabbing and occasionally profitable enterprises.”

► “To be frank, my confidence in newspapers is dwindling. I felt proud of myself in October to have found a job in a ‘dying’ industry. Now I just feel defeated.”

► “I like to believe that if we presented ourselves as the flawed, accessible humans that we are, people would trust us more, because they’d know where we’re coming from.”


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August 18, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online | 1 Comment

Mission accomplished – I’m living and working in NYC

In June, I left my job in Phoenix to fulfill two life goals:

1) Live in New York City. I moved to Brooklyn on Aug. 14.
2) Work in NYC. Today at 12:07 p.m., I accepted a job offer.

Starting Aug. 25, I’m a full-time business reporter for TechMediaNetwork’s BusinessNewsDaily.com. My editor, Robert Roy Britt, also oversees the company’s other major websites such as SPACE.com, LiveScience, TechNewsDaily and Newsarama. Basically, according to TechMediaNetwork, the company “is a network of world-renowned technology and entertainment sites.” BND, the online publication I’m working for, launched this month. My reporting will focus on small businesses and startups. I also will contribute to the site’s social-media efforts and will be allowed to write for the other TechMediaNetwork publications.

My office on Park Avenue and 31st Street in Midtown is a few blocks away from the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Times Square, Herald Square, Fashion District and Museum of Sex, among other notable places. Continue reading

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Arizona, Journalism, Online, Personal, Phoenix, Uncategorized, Work | 6 Comments

5 links to check out

STORY / ‘Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say’

OPINION / ‘iRefuse: Why I Am Not Buying an iPad (Yet)’

LIST / ‘5 Free Ways to Identify that Song Stuck in Your Head’

SITE / Newser, a news aggregator with a never-ending scroll bar

<– VIDEO / Singing boy upset when told he’s not a ‘single lady’

Photo credit: College Humor

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Clickable links, Online | Leave a comment

Top 10 Information Web sites for Phoenix

AZcentral.com and Phoenix.Metromix.com – two sites I help produce – made Phoenix.org’s list of  “Top Ten Information Web sites for Phoenix.”

Kudos to Phoenix.org for directing the public to useful information portals. An informed public makes me smile.

Photo credit: Phoenix.org

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Arizona Republic, Journalism, Online, Phoenix, Work | Leave a comment

My mentor in college launches Washington Post blog

Washington Post education reporter Jenna Johnson, who was my Honors Program mentor and journalism role model when we were students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “introduces you to ambitious student leaders, journalists, activists, interns and newsmakers from colleges across the country” in Campus Overload. The blog launched Jan. 21.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Journalism, Online | Leave a comment

Arizona Republic launches new nightlife page

Check out our new nightlife page –> http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/bars/ Bookmark it!

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Arizona Republic, Journalism, Online, Work | Leave a comment

Light Rail Blogger mentions me in a post

In a post about the naming system for light-rail stations, blogger Tony Arranaga references a Twitter response I provided.

Click here to read the post titled “What’s in a name?”

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Light rail, Online, Personal | Leave a comment

Update on my life: New York Times and more

Hey, gang:

As promised to many of you, here’s an update on my life. I’m moving to Phoenix because I got a gig at The Arizona Republic, the 10th most circulated newspaper in the nation. Starting June 8, I’ll be reporting and editing my ass off in the sweltering heat. I can’t wait.

You have all been instrumental in my social life, but I’ve really dropped the ball on keeping you up to date with my career aspirations and what I’ve done to attain my goals.

To remedy that, here’s a breakdown of my adventures in journalism, the experiences that led me to my new gig. Since 2004, it’s been a wild ride working for The New York Times Company, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Des Moines Register, Lincoln Journal Star, Daily Nebraskan and Scottsbluff Star-Herald and hanging out at the Jschool and journalism conferences across the country.

To keep this semi-short, we’ll just look back at what’s happened since January 2008. I dipped my feet in many areas of journalism since then such as working on multiple New York Times projects, interning as a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and serving as editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Below are the highlights of those rewarding experiences:

New York Times projects, spring and fall 2008

1) Nineteen other college newspaper editors and I blogged live for The Times’ political blog “The Caucus” during two presidential debates, one vice-presidential debate and on Election Night. This was a golden opportunity for me to sink my teeth into a national, large-scale form of new media. On Election Night, for example, I wrote four postings about Nebraska’s affirmative action ban results, senatorial candidate Scott Kleeb’s campaign blunder and my voting experience.

2) Last year, The Times’ Chicago bureau placed me on its list of Midwest stringers to help report on issues and events in eastern Nebraska.

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May 27, 2009 Posted by | Arizona, Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Daily Nebraskan, Journalism, New York Times, Online, Personal, Phoenix, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Work, Writing | Leave a comment

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March 20, 2009 Posted by | Online, Personal | Leave a comment

New York Times journalist responds to my blog

Merrill Perlman, director of copy desks at The New York Times, commented on a blog I wrote in January about copy editing. I’ve listened to her speak at conferences, and I love how she responded to what I had to say in my blog. Pasted below is her comment and my blog posting.

Here’s what she said:

As my first editing teacher said, near as I can recall: As a reporter, you may have one, two or three stories in that day’s paper. As a copy editor, you may have a dozen. It’s your headline that lures the reader in to the story; without copy editors, reporters’ work is unread.
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March 20, 2008 Posted by | Journalism, Online, Personal, Work | Leave a comment