Monday, July 23, 2018

Texas Tourism Is Booming: This Is Why

  1. The United States is a country that is going through a bit of a rough patch right now, and with any period of trials & tribulation come dips in how much people want to travel. Even with what seems to be a lack of enthusiasm for traveling in this great country, Texas tourism seems to be weathering the storm better than even the most grizzled travel experts could have predicted. The question is simple - why? How is it that the Lone Star State is able to maintain a steady movement of travelers across its borders when other states are seeing lulls?
  2. It's best to think of the Texas tourism boom as more than just a current blip. In fact, the campaign to make Texas a premier destination for out-of-towers has been in full-swing since the 1960s. At the time, Texas was seen as nothing more than a relic of the Old West, and it certainly didn't help that there was a presidential assassination in Dallas in 1963. Times were tough for the state, and even its own residents were seeking greener pastures.
  3. Finally, an organization named the Texas Tourist Development Agency was created with the sole purpose of making Texas seem like place to be. With only a little over $100,000 in the mid 1960s, the agency got to work. By 1970, tourism numbers had begun to skyrocket, and revenue had broken a billion dollars.
  4. Since then, the agency has been absorbed by other offices in state government, but Texas's tourism boom still holds steady, and when you step back & look at things, you can understand why. For starters, Texas is very business-friendly. Generous tax breaks and subsidies have attracted some of the biggest brands on the national, and international, scene. This migration of businesses into Texas has certainly made its mark. For example, in the last decade, the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex was second only to New York City in terms of the amount of construction for retail, warehouse, office, and rental spaces. Real estate, retail, and economic experts not only noted the historic length of the boom in Dallas/Fort Worth, but they were also in agreement that there was no slowing down anytime soon.
  5. The jump in businesses making their home in Texas has meant better job numbers for both residents and non-residents. The uptick in employment numbers usually positively impacts the retail markets, too.
  6. Perhaps the neatest reason Texas has found itself so high on the list of satisfying places to visit, or call home, is that no matter where you are, you can always find a hidden gem of a town with a lot of hospitality and charm to offer. Moreover, you're not really more than a day-trip's distance from the major cities of Texas (e.g., Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio), and with hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways, Texas is the ultimate road-trip destination.
  7. Texas tourism is certainly seeing a new era of explosion, but in reality, the Lone Star State has been on the rise for the better part of six decades. All this means for you and your family is that when you decide to visit, you'll be right on time.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ferramentas �teis para jornalistas

As ferramentas sociais mais representativas atualmente s�o:

Mas existem outras, muito �teis para jornalistas. Veja a lista proposta pelo Blog Teaching Journalism, com alguns adendos:

  1. Audioboo e SoundCloud gravar e compartilhar arquivos de �udio (ambas possuem aplicativos para celuar)

  2. CoveritLive e ScribbleLive para liveblogging

  3. Delicious e Diigo para compartilhamento de favoritos (bookmarking)

  4. Dipity e Intersect para linha do tempo interativa: Timelines in journalism: A closer look

  5. DocumentCloud: anota��es, organiza��o e publica��o de documentos na web 

  6. Dropbox e 4shared compartilhamento de todo tipo de arquivo 

  7. Facebook: Facebook + Journalists: Getting Started

  8. Flickr para fotos

  9. Foursquare: 7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare

  10. FreeDive: nova ferramenta de compartilhamento de dados do Knight Digital Media Center (fgratuita e open source)

  11. Google+: 5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+

  12. Google Docs para escrita colaborativa e compartilhamento de arquivos

  13. Ferramentas do Google para dados e mapeamento: Maps, Fusion Tables, Charts �  veja tamb�m LucidChart

  14. Livestream e Twitcam para video streaming

  15. Path e Qki aplicativos m�veis para video streaming (�smart journal�)


  17. SlideShare e Vuvox para incorpora��o e compartilhamento de slideshows; Prezi para zooming presentations

Com informa��es de Teaching Journalism

Sunday, March 27, 2011

5 anos do Twitter

No dia 21 de mar�o de 2011, o Twitter comemorou cinco anos. Nesse tempo, a forma de apropria��o dos usu�rios se alterou muito.

Programa Rede M�dia:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Como jornalistas utilizam o Twitter

Pesquisa realizada na Noruega mostrou como os jornalistas de l� t�m utilizado o Twitter. Um em cada dois jornalistas noruegueses utilizam a ferramenta. O microblog serve principalmente para pesquisa, como inspira��o para pautas, rede de contatos e para conex�o com leitores. Foram ouvidos 132 jornalistas.

- Pesquisa (30%)

- Uso pessoal (29%)

- Inspira��o para pautas (23%)

- Promo��o (17%)

- Construir rede de contatos com outros jornalistas (15%)

- Buscar contatos com fontes e realizar entrevistas (13%)

- Buscar feedback de leitores (12%)

Esta certamente n�o � uma lista conclusiva. Por aqui, temos visto outros usos como cobertura de eventos, documenta��o, trocas de ideias, busca de feedback e cross media com r�dio, tv e jornais. At� j� vi jornalistas utilizando a ferramenta para contar palavras de uma mat�ria.

Sem falar nas se��es dos jornais que publicam repercuss�es e coment�rios do Twitter sobre diversos assuntos.

H� outras possibilidades como projetos em conjunto,  uma conta compartilhada para promover uma causa ou atingir p�blicos de nicho. Fizemos este exerc�cio em um curso do Knight Center com �timos resultados.

O Twitter pode ser considerado hoje a melhor plataforma para not�cias atuais. Um espa�o em que as diversas vis�es de mundo se encontram, em fluxo cont�nuo de atualiza��o.

No final, trata-se de cada um encontrar a melhor utilidade, aquilo que lhe conv�m. S� n�o vale fazer da ferramenta uma fonte de ang�stia pelo volume de informa��o circulante. Afinal, tudo o que � realmente importante retorna em algum momento. Com o Twitter n�o � diferente.

Aos alunos de jornalismo, costumo dizer que podem at� n�o gostar. Mas n�o podem ficar de fora.

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