Nicole Martinelli

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A San Francisco native, she has lived and worked in Italy, writing about science and tech as well as design and art for publications including Wired, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal Europe. She has a master’s degree in communications from L'Universita' degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy and a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Latest Stories

Extreme transparency: Paper opens editorial meetings to readers

The latest sign of a transparent newsroom? One local paper holds daily online editorial meetings with readers who contribute ideas and critiques. IJNet sat in four of these meetings to see how readers help set the news agenda in real time.

Nicole Martinelli | July 27, 2011

When a reporter moonlights as citizen journalist: "News is more than a mobile photo"

Robert Coxwell, a multimedia journalist at the BBC, wasn't assigned to cover singer Amy Winehouse's death. Finding himself in her London neighborhood when it happened, he snapped a few pics and became an "eyewitness" to events.

Nicole Martinelli | July 26, 2011

Google Plus "scoops" Twitter with news of Oslo bombing

News organizations aren't officially allowed on Google Plus, but Google's new social network is already proving to be a powerful tool for news distribution.

Nicole Martinelli | July 22, 2011

BBC to journalists on social media: "Don't do anything stupid"

Recognizing that social media can be a land mine for journalists, the BBC has updated its social media policy.

Nicole Martinelli | July 15, 2011

Newspaper group subsidizes Android tablets to gain readers

A U.S. news organization is banking on the tabloid computer craze to boost circulation and win reader loyalty.

Nicole Martinelli | July 11, 2011

Facebook for journalists: recording audio interviews from new video chat feature

Facebook's new video chat feature can be a useful tool for conducting interviews. Here's how to record those interviews in MP3 or AIFF.

Nicole Martinelli | July 07, 2011

What Mafia Wars can teach news sites about community building

News sites often seem interested only in earning eyeballs and getting readers to behave themselves on comment threads. But what if they harnessed passionate reader interest the way game communities do?

Nicole Martinelli | July 01, 2011

Blogs give striking journalists a voice

Journalists who had issues with management once resorted to news blackouts and picketing. Now they also take the protest online.

Nicole Martinelli | June 30, 2011