Archive For July 29, 2013

Journalist’s Dilemma:  Combining personal and professional social media

Journalist’s Dilemma: Combining personal and professional social media

“It is a great way for people in the news to develop relationships with their viewers,” says WTVA-TV anchor/reporter, C.J. LeMaster, who has one of the biggest social media followings at his station in Tupelo, Miss. LeMaster says he doesn’t try to tell his 24oo Twitter followers what they should think, rather he just wants…

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How reporters use mobile newsgathering

How reporters use mobile newsgathering

Think Web first. A sign with those three simple words hangs in the Raycom-owned WDAM-TV newsroom in Hattiesburg, Miss. The idea is to remind reporters, producers and everyone else to push to Web, and smartphones make that job much easier. Reporter Rachel Beech is perhaps the best example of someone who thinks Web first, and…

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Be a tease! The job of a news promotion producer

When it comes to teaching broadcast journalism, most schools tend to focus on reporting.  Sure they teach video skills, too, and a few also prepare newscast producers, but there are many other jobs at TV news stations that rarely get a mention.  One of those jobs is that of a news promotion producer. “It’s fast-paced…

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How to get better video when you’re working solo

How to get better video when you’re working solo

“TV is a visual medium, so you have to have good pictures.” Steve Phillips is a veteran solo journalist for WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss., and though his quote may seem obvious, too many TV journalists — especially those working alone — often fail to create visually compelling stories. Part of the reason is that shooting…

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