By Alisha Puckett
Victoria Lim, who was once nicknamed the “Queen of Convergence” by the Poynter Institute, will be one of the featured panel speakers at the Association for Women in Sports Media’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., May 22-25.
Lim is a multimedia and convergence trainer who has a vast resume of experience in newspapers, broadcast and academia. She will lead two breakouts, “iPhone journalism reinvented” and “Five emerging social media technologies” during Saturday’s session at the Rosen Shingle Creek.
We asked Lim, who was also a speaker at the 2011 AWSM convention in Charlotte and is an AWSM member, a few questions on these upcoming panel topics, her advice on the best apps for journalism and more:
What do you think is the main takeaway from this era of journalism where we are increasingly relying more and more on our phones and Twitter?
Regardless of technology, platforms, or gear, the foundations of journalism should still be important. Facts, good writing, solid ethics, storytelling — those have become challenges with the downsizing of the industry and the explosion of social media. And because anyone can be a “journalist” — in terms of posting something they’ve observed (or claim they’ve observed) — news consumers are constantly having to evaluate the trustworthiness of content. Use the latest and greatest app/gear/process to build credibility.
What is the one technology or app that you cannot live without when doing your job today?
Evernote. It’s an app that allows you to create, compile and take notes, links, photos, and audio. Easily accessible on your mobile, tablet and computer.
Is it acceptable to have “iPhone technology” listed as a skill on your resume?
I’d list “mobile reporting” instead — what is an “iPhone technologist” anyway, right?
For convention-goers who attend one or both of your panels, what is one thing you want them to leave the room knowing or having learned?
Something — an app, gear, process — that makes your job easier. I also hope the panel isn’t just a one way street — I like interactivity. So share what you know, too!
More: It’s not too late to register for AWSM’s 2014 convention. Sign up here. Also, be sure to check out the convention agenda.