5 things I wish I new when I started my TV news producer career

One of the most popular pieces on the Fast Company website right now offers up nine pieces of advice for someone just getting started in a career.  It’s worth the read if you’re a recent grad looking for work or are relatively new on the job. Now, if that job you’re seeking is that of …

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4 surefire tips for more effective TV writing

Reporters usually get all the credit for great broadcast writing, but if you consider the amount of writing TV producers do in a single day, you’ll understand why we thought WXII-TV’s Executive Producer Brian Neal might have some good advice after years of writing and editing scripts in the Winston-Salem market. 1. Keep it short. …

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TV reporter tips for better storytelling

The old inverted pyramid approach to storytelling — reporting the most important information first — is still a useful tool, especially in breaking news situations.  But creative reporters like to  change the approach to fit the content.  Rachel Beech at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi says she has a favorite technique for writing feature stories. “With …

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Station says shorter stories serve audience better

At WXII-12 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the newsroom has been rethinking the way it delivers news to viewers on air, now that so many are consuming content on smartphones. “The biggest change I would say from when I started in 2000 is the ability of people to get news and information now; it comes so quickly …

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Top 5 social media writing tips

It’s not hard to find a slew of articles on best practices for social media tweets and posts, but if you can only focus on five things, here’s where to start! 1.  Share “news.” Before you say, “Duh!” — let us explain.  In addition to sharing pieces of information about any story you’re reporting, be …

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5 easy ways to better produce an online story

It’s a rare TV newsroom that does not require its journalists to write a Web version of their stories.  Lynn Walsh, who produces multimedia for the Scripps National Digital Desk has done more than her fair share. She offers some excellent tips for making sure those stories are viewed and enjoyed by more audience.  We’ve …

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TV news directors reveal their resume-watching secrets

With thousands of broadcast journalists graduating from college and flooding the job market in just a few weeks, news directors all around the country will be watching a lot of resume reels, but not for very long. News director Lee Thompson oversees KTVZ/KFXO in Bend, Oregon.  He says he gives job candidates all of :10 before …

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Finding new online storytelling forms

The Internet is really still in its infancy, and according to USC’s Koci Hernandez, that means journalists still have time to help mold it as a storytelling platform. “We have small opportunity while the Internet is still a baby to change the way things are done, presented or seen on this new creative platform,” says …

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TV anchoring tips from a pro

KRON4 anchor Marty Gonzalez calls them “TV Hands” — that’s when an anchor keeps the elbows in, hands at waist level and then talks using natural gestures. Gonzalez also teaches broadcast journalism at San Francisco State University and says it’s hard to get inexperienced anchors to stop clasping their hands together in a death grip …

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Better TV stand-ups in a box

Shooting compelling solo stand-ups is a challenge — especially if you are new to TV news. Joshua Davidsburg is a TV reporter himself, now teaching broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland. He created a unique online video module with best practices for shooting stands-ups on your own. It takes less than 8 minutes to …

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