Five journalists to follow on Twitter

In SPJ’s Quill Magazine, the editors featured a list of 20 journalists who are having an impact on the field in a myriad of ways.  You can read the full list, along with their thoughts on what’s ahead for the profession — or simply check out these five: Sree Sreevivasan — On Twitter:  Sreenet He’s a prof …

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TV news expanding — what’s up?

So, maybe it’s just me, but it looks like TV news stations are expanding or launching newscasts again.  In the past week, I’ve seen the following headlines: WDBJ to start ‘Mornin’ ‘ half-hour earlier KOMU Adding News To CW Subchannel WSVN Adding More Weekend News Fox 11 ‘now hiring’ for new 4-hour morning show Ok, …

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Social media search tips

There’s so much information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook that trying to absorb it can be like trying to drink from a fire hose. Instant updates are great but it’s sometimes difficult to spot the good stuff amid the drivel. While lists and groups can help narrow the stream, nothing beats search …

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Two-minute tutorial for small video cams

Whether you’re using the Flip, the Kodak Zi8 or another brand, these smaller cameras require users to understand their limitations and how to overcome them.  The BBC College of Journalism site recently posted a two-minute clip that addresses problems and solutions.   The producer, Ramaa Sharma, also wrote a bit about what she and others at the BBC …

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Web exec for CNN talks story tools

Mike Toppo says iReports are all about “passion.”  He told a crowd at the SPJ Reporters’ Institute that CNN now has more than a half million iReporters around the world and at the website, they’re using these folks to tell stories differently.  He pointed to a recent piece in which the band Vampire Weekend was …

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Interviewing victims

People who have lost relatives or friends in a disaster are often the first target of journalists seeking to report on the event. How can journalists do their job of covering breaking news and informing the public, while showing sensitivity to victims? Sue Carter and Bonnie Bucqueroux of theVictims and the Media Program at Michigan …

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Foursquare for news

When the Wall Street Journal used Foursquare to report that New York’s Times Square was being evacuated, the location-based social network proved its worth as a tool for journalists. Foursquare, Gowalla and other services let users “check in” at specific locations thanks to the built-in GPS on mobile phones. Originally designed as a cross between …

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The future of VJs

We’ve all read the stories about the sea change in television news. From the ABC network news division to local stations from coast to coast, VJs are taking over, the stories say. The “one man band” reporter who shoots and edits once was found primarily in small markets but is now common in the top …

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Great examples of why diversity is good news

Every year RTDNA and UNITY give out awards to honor “outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.” “This year, the winning entries go beyond the basics of diversity coverage and truly embrace the concept of community,” said RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham. “These organizations set a high and apt standard of how diversity coverage should …

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