Author: Deborah Potter

How to find stories every day

Cherri Gregg calls herself “the queen of the fish fry.” As community affairs reporter for KYW radio in Philadelphia, Gregg says she finds stories everywhere, from church events to flea markets. But when she started the job in 2011, it…

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How not to get a job in TV news

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You already know how hard it is to get a job in television news. The competition is fierce and job opportunities are hard to find. The latest RTDNA research on newsroom staffing recorded a dip in TV news employment, largely…

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Where do ideas come from?

Where do most news stories come from? If they’re honest, journalists will tell you that a lot of the stories they do are pretty routine. Breaking news from the scanners, scheduled events from the daybook, consumer complaints and “franchise” stories…

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How to create Snapchat stories

“The audience does not want to rotate.” Former CNN photojournalist Bethany Swain says that’s why she’s changed her mind about vertical video and no longer preaches the gospel of horizontal for all media. “Play to the platform,” she says. For…

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Free tools for audio stories

Did you know you can go live on Facebook with audio only? Are you aware of an app that creates a video of an audio recording? Kim Fox knows all this and more. She’s an associate professor of practice at…

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Tell a story by comparing photos

Natural disasters can change lives and landscapes in an instant. Before-and-after photos are a great way to tell the story of a wildfire, a tornado or a hurricane. And it’s easy make a photo comparison interactive using a free tool…

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How to apply for a news job

If only all hiring managers were as helpful as Ryan Kellett. His job title is director of audience at the Washington Post, which is looking to hire an editor for the engagement team to help the site connect its sports coverage…

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Storytelling now — and back when

Sometimes I think the process of journalism has changed so much since I started it’s almost unrecognizable. (Scroll down for some early career memories.) But then I consider how much hasn’t changed. Good writing is still good writing, and will be forever.…

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