Month: February 2010

Where do stories come from?

Enterprising reporters have always looked beyond the daybook or the local newspaper for stories worth exploring. They’ve browsed bulletin boards, driven around town with their windows down and scoured the Web. And now–perhaps not surprisingly–social media are an increasingly important…

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ABC layoffs reinforce need for learning multimedia

Just check out the comments section following the New York Times article on the potential layoffs announcement at ABC News.  The news division is “seeking 300 to 400 buyouts and would resort to layoffs if necessary.” Depending on the person,…

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Web content has to be better

As journalism organizations try to figure out how to make money in a Web-driven, free content world, MediaPost’s summary of new research from Nielsen offers some important information. The topline summary suggests that pay-for-view news is going to be a tough sell as…

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Audio editing ethics

Reporting with sound isn’t just a technical challenge–it can raise ethical issues as well. How do you gather sound in the field and how do you use it? How much editing is okay? Guidelines like the RTDNA ethics code, which…

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Social media ethics for journalists

In case you haven’t seen them, here’s a link to the Radio Television Digital News Association ethical guidelines for the use of social media in gathering and disseminating news.  The Poynter’s Al Tompkins was one of the architects. We wanted to…

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What are employers looking for?

If anyone’s hiring these days–and some news organizations actually are–they’re looking for candidates who have it all. They want basic journalism skills and technical know-how. But you might be surprised at how different kinds of news organizations rank the importance…

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