Mobile newsgathering best practices

According to Juniper Research, companies delivering news content to mobile devices will make $1.1 billion in ad revenue by 2016.  That’s a lot of money, and that’s why so many news organizations are scrambling to develop a mobile strategy. At the same time they”re pushing content out to mobile devices, newsrooms are increasingly focused on …

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Social media, mobile and more at J/i Conference

The first Journalism Interactive Conference is sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hear what some of the world’s leading experts have to say about what’s next for social media, mobile and entrepreneurial journalism. Starting Friday, the J/i website will feature live streaming of sessions with folks like Mashable’s Adam Ostrow, Amy Webb and …

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Another way to think about sequencing video

For those of us who have been working with video for a long time, the concept of wide, medium and close-up shots is a simple one.  But when you’re new to visual storytelling, it’s perfectly natural to ask things like, “How wide?” and “What do you mean by medium?” Freelance journalist Mikki Harris worked for …

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From Classroom to Newsroom: Turning an internship into a job

If your journalism school requires an internship, say thank you.  More often than not, journalism grads reference their internships as the single most important thing to help them get a job in the profession. Allie Ware, a reporter for WTVA in Tupelo, Miss. wound up doing not one, but two internships during her time in …

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Getting results from a public records request

Public records are not only a treasure trove of story ideas, but also they offer reporters a way to make a routine story stand out.  Records can provide the context and perspective the audience needs to fully understand the importance or impact of a story. Michael Morisy works for, a web service that helps …

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Three keys to better TV delivery

It’s not easy communicating with a camera lens, but it something you get better at with practice. So says Craig Ford, who has been anchoring at WTVA in Tupelo for the past 11 years. “I still record nearly every newscast,” says Ford. “Not because I like to watch myself, but because I want to critique …

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Writing better profile stories

What could be more basic than a profile story, right? Yet, Sara Jackson a reporter and editor for UPI says they’re harder to write well than you may think. “Even with profiles, it’s important to have a news hook — something to grab people’s attention,” says Jackson. She suggests trying to tie the profile in …

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Planning and rehearsing phone interviews pays off

How real are class-based reporting assignments? Karl Idsvoog, an associate professor at Kent State University, tries to make his assignments as real as possible. “Journalism students don’t learn to play hardball by playing softball,” he writes in the most recent issue of the IRE Journal. For a class reporting project on the fees universities in …

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Five steps to better TV stories

“It’s not about the beer,” says Boyd Huppert, describing an assignment to profile a successful local brewery. Instead, Huppert’s story focused on the family behind the business — tapping into a universal theme. “My goal is to go out and cover a story to make someone care about it,” says Huppert, “make you laugh or …

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