The Hub Holiday Wish List

As many folks are thinking about the holidays at this time of the year, the Hub has a few suggestions of stocking stuffers for the nonprofit news organization. News editors and managers take note of these items that may inspire your staff to do their best work yet in 2012!

1. Books of inspiration for your staff. Give the gift to your staff that keeps on giving throughout the year with books. There are several books out there that may inspire your staff to achieve their best, to be more creative or innovative in the New Year. Here a few books to consider:

*Entrepreneurial Journalism by Mark Briggs

*A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

*The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen

2. Lacie Rugged Mini. Nowadays every journalist needs to have a lot of space to store digital files (video files, databases, audio files, etc.) for their daily work. The Lacie Rugged Mini is a portable hard drive that can withstand all kind of conditions (shock, rain and pressure-resistant) and can store up to 1.5 TB of information.

3. A coffee card. Many journalists thrive and live off of coffee in order to get through the day. Your news staff may greatly appreciate a coffee card (in the denomination of a few dollars) to buy their favorite cup of joe from the local café in your town in the New Year. Just like item 1 above, it’s the gift that keeps on giving until the coffee cup runs dry.

4. Mobile apps for productivity. Every journalist has to multitask nowadays and do it while on the go. There are several mobile applications out there that can help the journalist stay organized in order to meet a project or story deadline. A few mobile apps to consider:

*Evernote– It allows you to capture any kind of information, files, data or notes and save them to your mobile device, where it can sync the information to other digital platforms for easy access in an organized manner. This can be helpful for the reporter on the go who needs a way to store, sync and organize information for a news story in one place.

*JotNot Scanner Pro– It turns your mobile phone into a portable scanner so you can quickly and easily scan documents, files, photos, or other items and save them for later access. This can be super helpful when you are on the go and need to make a copy of a file, a receipt, document, etc. related to a news story.

5. A digital (or print) magazine subscription to their favorite trade or professional-related publication. Your staff members may have different interests in a variety of topics. A digital or print magazine subscription to their favorite publication for the coming year is a nice gift to let them know their interests are appreciated, embraced and it allows your staff to stay informed related to their area of interest. By supporting the creativity of your staff and embracing their interests, it sets the right tone in the newsroom to kick off the New Year.

Happy Holidays from the Hub!!