Twitter creates guide for journalists

Whether it’s finding sources, engaging audience or creating effective tweets, Twitter’s new guide for newsrooms is a good read. As the folks at Mashable point out, it offers little new for anyone who already uses the social network consistently, but for those who are new to the game or trying to teach others about Twitter, …

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Local officials versus the news media

The mayor of Seattle is telling local TV stations to back off. In Georgia, the governor’s office went so far as to ban an Atlanta station from a public event. What’s going on here? Elected officials often don’t like the way they’re covered but they usually put up with it. After all, they’re on the …

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What does it mean to be “digital first?”

For the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about “Web first newsrooms.”  The basic premise is that a news organization’s website should no longer be an afterthought, In fact, the idea is that the Web should be the most important platform served — more important than any legacy medium, such as …

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College radio in an Internet world

Is your campus radio station threatened? A couple of high-profile cases lately have spotlighted what some college radio supporters call a trend of universities selling their FM licenses and moving their campus stations online. The most recent case involves Duquesne, which sold the license for WDUQ to a community radio station in Pittsburgh and laid …

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Multimedia skills mean jobs for TV news grads

“There are currently good opportunities for broadcast journalism grads, at least in medium and small markets.” Talk about great news for thousands of students sporting brand new degrees and hunting for work.  According to TVNewsCheck, the newly graduated may not have much journalism experience, but many do have highly desired new media skills and a …

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How journalists should talk to diverse sources

Reporters do it every day.  They talk to people “across differences” as Poynter’s Kenny Irby likes to say. But reporters don’t always do a good job of exploring those differences for the audience to tell richer stories. “If you can get to appreciate ‘otherness,’” says Irby, “embracing conditions of difference can help us move to …

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NBC Web producer on social media

How does one of the most powerful news organizations on the planet use social media? According to Nightly News Web producer Cynthia Joyce, NBC has four primary goals: 1. To source material 2. To find sources 3. To share more of a story 4. To enhance existing products Joyce used the Haiti earthquake as an …

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Diane Sawyer on interviewing

The best stories are almost always include great interviews, and ABC’s Diane Sawyer is well known for her interview style. “My husband likes to say television interviews are performances masquerading as conversations,” says Sawyer with a smile. But those “performances” require solid preparation before sitting down with an interview subject. “I believe in reading everything …

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