My time as an Assignment Editor provided many stories on which I shared in my first blog.  While I'm no longer On the News Desk, the stories and lessons shouldn't be forgotten. 


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Musings and thoughts

Browsing Archive: June, 2012

Twitter: I'm following even if you've blocked me

Posted by Misty Montano on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Twitter 

It still surprises me that individual journalists block each other, block me, on Twitter. It shocks me that a TV station blocks me from it's station account. Shocking and surprising, but not stopping me. 

If I care about what you have to say on Twitter, I am following you even if you've blocked me.

There is no reason we journalists should be blocking each other. It just feels petty to me that efforts are taken to block journalists. Your effort of blocking me isn't even slowing me down from see...

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How to keep your email, not Facebook's

Posted by Misty Montano on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, In : Integrating Social Media 
I believe it was in 2010 when Facebook rolled out emails to all of us Facebook users. The email is based on our Facebook username. Anyone who actually knew that email address could use it from any non-Facebook email account, like gmail, yahoo, official work email, etc.

Facebook has now made the Facebook email assigned to each of us the email that shows in our Contact Information area on our Facebook profiles. Oh, how exciting that Facebook yet again makes a change without telling us about it. ...
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Interactive maps give understanding to breaking news

Posted by Misty Montano on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : Integrating Social Media 

During wildfires one of the most requested items is a map. A map is sometimes the only line residents have to their homes during a wildfire. Infrared photos of the fire are taken from the air to give the most precise mapping of fire movement.

Infrared mapping isn't the only mapping option, though. Interactive maps can give people a deeper understanding of what's happening.

Based off of geographic information systems (GIS) sets of data can be layered on a map to help understand and visualize ...

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Twitter: the journalist tool

Posted by Misty Montano on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, In : Twitter 

"Why traditional media should be afraid of twitter" is a good article to read for several reasons – to see what twitter is doing to really attach itself to journalism and news, to see how users use twitter, and to see how you –the journalist – can use twitter.

And, of course after reading it, I’m left questing “is my job (mine only) in jeopardy?” An analyst with Reuters seems to think so.   

To answer my own question: no, my job is not in jeopardy. Twitter will continue to come u...

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How to use Facebook scheduling

Posted by Misty Montano on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : Integrating Social Media 

You may have heard that last week Facebook started allowing posts on pages to be scheduled through Facebook itself, instead of a 3rd party app like Hootsuite. Here's a quick look at how, and why to use Facebook instead of a 3rd party app.

1. Create your post - status update or photo/video like you normally would. Instead of clicking "Post" click on the clock icon in the lower left hand corner of the post. This is the same procedure as if you've adding milestones or posts to your Timeline. Inst...
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TEDxPoynter reminds me to never stop learning

Posted by Misty Montano on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : Integrating Social Media 
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lorraine Smith at TEDxPoynter. She’s a 75 year old woman who came to the event at the Poynter Institute because she thinks journalism today should be better. “Well, I feel I’m not getting all the facts and am surprised at the lack of reporting, so I thought I should start writing and so I did. I’m here to learn. I have to start a blog and a twitter,” she said.

I admire her gumption! She is writing columns for local newspapers. She knows ...
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About Me

Misty Montano I am a Journalist using Social Technologies and Interactive Media to connect with news consumers. I am the Digital Content Manager at 9News in Denver, CO. Previously I was an Assignment Editor at CBS4 News in Denver where I won my first Regional Emmy for my work and spent the first 10 years of my career. I truly grew up On the News Desk.