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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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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How journalists track what’s new in social media tools

Every time you turn around, it seems like there are new social media tools to try out.  From Rebel Mouse to Storyful Multisearch, they just seem to keep coming.  For journalists, it’s important to keep up with what’s going on in the social media space and to do it as efficiently as possible. At Hearst …

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Top qualities of a top journalist

Contributed by Anna Ellingburg Students often feel inundated with advice about the hundreds of skills and attributes journalists “must have” in order to be successful. But the journalists at WMC Action News 5 in Memphis have narrowed the list to five essential qualities of a solid journalist. 1. Dedication Photojournalist Bo Bradley says a real …

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Top journalism skills in 2012

So, it may seen a little arrogant to assume that our blog can act as a barometer of the journalism industry, but what the heck. If you look at the five most viewed posts of 2012, it seems reasonable to me to make the following assumptions: The fundamentals still matter.  The No. 1 post on …

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Lessons from a viral video

So, how do you get more than 5 million people to watch your story?  Take a look. 1. The content is compelling.  Many people, including me, have entered into this debate and the student producer, Patrick Romero, used a simple point-counterpoint approach to shaping the story. 2.  The audio is audible.  If you read Advancing …

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Most popular journalism advice of 2011

December is nearly over and it’s time once again for Advancing the Story’s Top 10 report.  The posts below are those that drew the most reader interest over the year. From writing to sourcing news to using video more effectively, that’s what seemed to resonate with all of you. We hope you’ll check out any …

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Tweet for treats: Scholarship for free speech

Tomorrow is the day to express your creativity, support free speech and win $5,000 in scholarship money through Twitter. December 15 is National Bill of Rights Day, which marks the 220th birthday of the First Amendment. Here’s how it works: Beginning at midnight on Dec. 15, students ages 14 to 22 can tweet their support …

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