Innovative interactivity

Who says local TV never tries anything new or different? The CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, WCCO-TV, has just launched a special section on its website that lets users track, comment on and contribute to developing stories. The Wire is a pretty simple idea at heart: a searchable three-day timeline with pop-up boxes for news, events …

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Five Twitter tips for journalists

If you’re reading this post, my guess is you probably already have your own Twitter account, but social media expert Jeff Cutler has some thoughts on what’s good about Twitter as a journalistic tool and what could be better. Tip #1 “Twitter is perfect for talking to a crowd and just getting your question out there …

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State of News Media 2010: More evidence journalists must change

The Project for Excellence in Journalism just released its State of the News Media 2010 report.  Here are four of the most important major trends.  News consumers “are hunting the news by topic and by event and grazing across multiple outlets.”  This puts more pressure than ever on journalists to make important news interesting and relevant. …

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Seven steps to using your SLR camera for video stories

As the saying goes, sometimes the best camera for the story is the one in your hand. Yet, when it comes to shooting video, some still photographers seem to avoid using their digital SLR cameras. Jeff Achen is an interactive media strategist for  He recently wrote a column for Quill magazine on using still cams for …

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Primary sourcing knocks down rumors

Exclusive! the headline screamed: “U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts considering stepping down.” The story was posted around mid-day last Thursday on the gossip site Radar Online, owned by the National Enquirer. It said Roberts might step aside for personal reasons and could announce his decision at any time. While other sites, including the …

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Tips for writing TV news stories

Mike Schuh has been covering daily news at the same station in Baltimore for 17 years, winning a Murrow and several Emmy awards along the way. His official title is general assignment reporter at WJZ-TV, but he prefers to describe himself as a storyteller. So when I asked him how young journalists can improve their …

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Preparing to ‘fill in’ anchor

Reporters who want to anchor often get their first opportunity as a “fill in” when a colleague is away. Some slide right into the chair and do just fine. But others worry that something will go wrong and they won’t ever get another chance. Having the jitters about an assignment increases the odds that it …

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