Video journalism tips from a pro

Darren Durlach left television almost two years ago to try something new. He’d won two consecutive NPPA TV Photographer of the Year awards and, unbeknownst to him, was on the verge of winning a third. He’s now senior multimedia producer at the Boston Globe, where he shoots and edits stories both alone and in collaboration …

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Anchors quit on air: Courage or crazy?

Viewers of WVII in Bangor, ME saw an unusual show kicker at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast. The show’s co-anchors decided to resign on the air. According to the Bangor Daily News, co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio left the station “citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices.” The anchors …

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What’s a VO/SB and how do you write one?

For some reason, the voice over/sound bite (VO/SB) or voice over/sound on tape (VO/SOT) seems to be one of the most challenging TV story forms to do well.  It also seems to be one of the toughest story forms for which to explain the writing process to beginning journalists. At it’s most basic, a VO/SB …

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Monitoring social media and more good advice for journalists

You’ve heard of the seven deadly sins, right?  How about the seven social media wins?  According to new media researcher Augie Grant, news organizations need to look at seven primary uses for social media. The following are excerpts from Grant’s article, published in the University of South Carolina’s Convergence Newsletter. 1. Report: The simplest way …

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Information is beautiful

It can take a huge amount of time and effort to build an interactive graphic that’s both visually engaging and informative. That’s why many news organizations only make the effort for projects that will have a long shelf life. CNN made the investment for a long-term project called Home and Away that chronicles casualties from the …

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