How to shoot good vox pops (MOS)

Whatever you call them, “man on the street” interviews are a staple of TV news. Done well, they can reflect public opinion on important issues in your community. Done badly, they’re just a waste of air time. So how do you shoot them well? Start by thinking very carefully about where to go. Many stations …

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Shooting better interviews as a solo journalist

Mitch Pittman hates excuses. Think a multimedia journalist can’t do the job as well as a two-person crew? Baloney, says Pittman, and he’s out to prove it. Take the common complaint that people interviewed by solo journalists’ face the same screen direction.  That’s because most MMJs are afraid of standing on the “blind” side of the …

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New edition now available

New…and improved! The third edition of Advancing the Story has just been published by CQ Press and is available for pre-order at Amazon. If you’ve used an earlier edition,  you’ll see that we’ve added a separate chapter on TV producing and renamed some other chapters as we restructured the text. Our goal is to make it …

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Advice from a multimedia journalist

Study, study, study! That’s just one tip from Nina Terrero, who covers pop culture and entertainment for Entertainment Weekly and NBC’s Today Show. But she’s not talking about what you should do in school. Terrero told the Huffington Post that she preps for interviews the way she did for the SATs. I try to read as much …

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New opportunities for multimedia journalism

One downside of social media like Twitter and Facebook is the way information has to be compressed. The more popular these platforms have become, the more journalists have feared the extinction of something many of them hold dear: long-form storytelling. But digital technology doesn’t only value brevity over depth. It also opens the door to new story …

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The importance of follow-up questions

News conferences are part of every journalist’s work life. Some reporters can’t go a week without covering several–largely because the newsmakers on their beat hold group sessions regularly but rarely schedule one-on-ones. It’s not easy to get good material from a news conference, but some journalists are skilled at it. What’s their secret? Good follow-ups. Bob …

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Five tips for gathering better video and sound

By Bob Gould I teach broadcast news at Michigan State and one day last year I decided to take the students out and shoot a story with the students watching me work. I figured it was much easier to SHOW them as opposed to just telling them. So, the story was about a contest for …

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