Top three things when flying drones for news

Though 2016 was supposed to be the year of the news drone, 2017 may actually bring a little more progress. Thanks to a partnership involving the Poynter Institute, the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, National Press Photographers Association and DJI, journalists can take part in a series of drone journalism camps across the U.S. Upcoming workshops include: Syracuse …

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Three of four U.S. journalists feel more engaged with audience thanks to social media

The advent of social media has, of course, fundamentally changed journalism in the U.S. and around the world.  According to research conducted by Dr. Agnes Gulyas of Canterbury Christ Church University in the U.K., 78% of the U.S. journalists she surveyed indicated social media had helped them become more engaged with the audience.  They also …

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A social media ethics code you can support

If you’re a journalist and you use social media, you’ll want to read this.  And if you work for a news organization — from student media on up to the top markets, you’ll want to read this, too. According to the Online News Assocation website, “The ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code is a document that …

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Mobile journalism now easier on Android devices

When I conduct training on using mobile devices as news gathering tools, the room is generally filled with journalists wielding iPhones. However, in a recent podcast produced by journalism.co.uk, some mobile experts are suggesting that 2015 was a game changing year for producing news content with Android devices. Florian Reichart, the man behind @smartfilming on Twitter, …

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Searching Instagram for news sources

Different social networks seem to appeal to different audience demos, so understanding how to search several of them for content and sources is critical for a journalist.  For example, according to SproutSocial, 53% of Instagram’s users are aged 18-29. “Imagine a breaking news story in your community; and thinking about who uses Instagram, if there’s …

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How to maximize your mobile video stories

  In the words of James Harding, BBC’s news director, the age of mobile video is upon us.  So, how are they responding at the “Beeb?” With an understanding of audience demands, according to Nathalie Malinarich, editor for mobile and new formats. “You really need to grab people immediately,” says Malinarich. “If they don’t like it, they’re going …

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What mobile journalism should be and why it isn’t

“We’re doing mobile journalism wrong.” Judd Slivka teaches mobile journalism at the University of Missouri and says he’s tested more than 700 apps in the process. So, why is this mobile evangelist down on mobile news gathering as it’s done today? “We’re trying to use the tools to create TV packages, what used to work …

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How to boost audience engagement

Two things we know about social media. Sharing news is easy. Engaging the audience is hard. So why bother? Engagement is key to building an audience for the journalism you work so hard to produce. Here are three tips for boosting engagement that we shared at the Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas this week. …

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Must-have multimedia tools for TV journalists

When Tony Russell heads out to cover a story for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his toolkit includes two phones and a host of apps.  His favorite is Instagram. “I use Instagram because I like to show viewers what I’m working on,” said Russell, who goes by @tonyrusselltv across social media. “I also like how Instagram …

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Whatever happened to audio?

In television, sound is the other half of the picture. No matter how gorgeous your video is, its impact depends in part on the quality of the audio. Lousy sound can ruin even the strongest pictures. So if sound is so important, why aren’t more students being taught the basics of audio production? The question comes …

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