Delivery with energy

If your narration sounds flat and your stand-ups lack spark, maybe you need a little extra energy before recording your track or going on camera. KSTP reporter-photographer John Gross, who also shoots for NFL films, shared a routine at a recent NPPA workshop that he promises works better than a cup of coffee:

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Online journalist survey highlights

A new survey from the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Online News Association may be a bit of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that 82% of online journalists are at least somewhat confident that the industry will find a way to make news on the Web profitable.  However, a …

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Tips for shooting breaking news

When all heck is breaking loose, how do photojournalists know what to shoot and for how long? WBFF’s Darren Durlach, the 2009 NPPA TV photographer of the year, has his own way of staying focused on a spot news assignment: he talks to himself. Now that he’s won the most prestigious TV photojournalism award there …

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Three steps to good audio

One sure fire way to ruin a stunning slide show is to pair it with muddy audio. Capturing good audio isn’t rocket science, but it does take a little effort. Thanks to our friends at the Mobile Journalism Coalition, you can learn to improve your audio recordings in three quick steps: [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.797209&w=425&h=350&fv=layoutId%3DfullLarge%26pd_original_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fmojo.helen-marie.com%252Flearn%252Fblog%252Frecord-pro-abcs-good-audio%26widescreen%3D1] Not every …

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Advice for journalism job hunters

This week Poynter Online hosted a live chat, “What do college journalism students need to learn?”  The discussion included educators, journalism practitioners, students and industry watchers.  One of the topics was job hunting for journalists – specifically students, but some of the advice is likely relevant to anyone with journalism skills who is searching for work. One …

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Online résumés

If you’re looking for work in journalism, it helps to be able to showcase your skills. We’ve long advocated creating a multimedia portfolio online, usually on your own personal blog, to let potential employers see what you can do . But now there’s a new tool that makes this easy, and it’s free. VisualCV provides …

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Visualizing survey results

Surveys often lead to fascinating stories, but the data behind them can be hard to convey in an interesting way. The recent Pew Forum report on religion in American life is a classic example. The survey found that more than half of Americans say religion is very important in their daily lives, attend religious services …

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Next Generation training

Can young people be trained to produce multimedia journalism in just one week? Absolutely, says NPR veteran Doug Mitchell.  He should know. He’s done it. In the mid-1990s, Mitchell launched a project he called Next Generation Radio, organizing boot camps for would-be public radio journalists and helping NPR interns produce stories for Intern Edition. Writing …

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