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

Five ways for entrepreneurial journalists to make their ideas happen

Generating ideas may not be a problem. While stuck in traffic or walking down a crowded street, they just pop into your head. But too often, that's where they stay. Here's how to make them a reality.

Nicole Martinelli | October 31, 2012

Manage your Twitterverse with streamlined tool

Social media is about having conversations. Journalists who talk but don't have the time to listen or respond to readers will quickly find the monologue pretty boring. is a simple tool for writers who don't need to go overboard with bells and whistles to better engage their readers on Twitter and follow news stories.

Nicole Martinelli | September 12, 2012

Five mistakes journalists make on LinkedIn

Social networking colossus LinkedIn can help journalists find sources, scoops and jobs. Krista Canfield, senior manager of corporate communications, tells IJNet how to get the most out of it.

Nicole Martinelli | September 11, 2012

Five lessons for media innovators

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently released a report titled "Experiments in Media Innovation," documenting the successes and hiccups on the road to rebooting journalism.

Nicole Martinelli | September 06, 2012

How journalists can use Talkwheel to engage readers on Facebook

Talkwheel is a new tool that promises to maximize engagement on Facebook with minimal time commitment. IJNet took it for a spin.

Nicole Martinelli | August 27, 2012

Five free online plagiarism checkers

Some news organizations use pricey proprietary software to check for plagiarism, but if you're in a small newsroom or run a blog, these free versions will give you an idea of whether your text has been previously published.

Nicole Martinelli | August 22, 2012

Finding hidden gems in the Undercover Reporting Database

Journalists have pretended to be insane, lived on the streets and infiltrated prisons in the course of investigative stories. The Undercover Reporting Database brings to light the stories and techniques of pioneering muckrackers.

Nicole Martinelli | August 07, 2012

Five ways to develop your photography career

With phone cameras improving and prices dropping for digital cameras, more people have the chance to take better photographs than ever before. Here are five tips for amateur photojournalists who want their hobby to develop into a paid profession.

Nicole Martinelli | August 03, 2012