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Whether you teach multimedia journalism, study multimedia journalism or do multimedia journalism, we’re hoping you’ll tap into the power of social media to your own advantage. You may have already noticed our Facebook button on the right hand side of the home page — if not, feel free to click right here. Our goal is …

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Local TV news keeps on growing

The average network news station airs more than five and a half hours of news every weekday. That’s according to the latest figures from the annual RTDNA/Hofstra Survey, which found that 42% of stations increased their news production in the last year. So which time periods grew most? Weekdays at 4:30 am came out on …

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Are beats the answer to better local TV news?

Jerry Gumbert, CEO of AR&D, a local media strategy firm, says the No. 1 reason why TV news is flagging “has been a failure of news management to sustain focus on a formal beat system.” News leaders have to realign priorities and reinstitute beat systems — and the kind of enterprise reporting that comes with …

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TV journalists wanted, more jobs this year

Hiring has been steady in TV newsrooms and will continue through 2011. That’s according to the latest survey from RTDNA/Hofstra University. Total local television news employment is now 26,522. That’s an increase of 2.9 percent in the last year. Other highlights from the survey: 34% of TV newsrooms plan to hire more staff this year …

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Social media required for good journalism?

Can you be a good journalist and not be plugged into social media? The Washington Post’s Local Editor Vernon Loeb says, “No.” “Social media are not really optional anymore,” says Loeb. “You can’t do your job without them. Social media are where news often breaks first. They’re a great way to cultivate sources, track events, …

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