How to land a dream job

NBC’s Bob Dotson has what many television reporters consider their dream job. He travels the country, finding and telling engaging stories about “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” In a new edition of his book, American Story, to be released tomorrow, Dotson shares his own story, explaining how he made that job what it is today. …

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Storytelling the Bob Dotson way

NBC’s Bob Dotson has never been one to follow the herd. He’s built a career out of telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things on his American Story franchise for the Today Show. How did he get where he is?  ”I think almost every break I got in this business is something I started on …

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Smart strategies for more online video sharing

You’ve seen the statistics — millions of Americans will watch more than a billion videos online today.  And who better to dominate the online video audience than TV stations?  Yet, how much video gets aired that never makes it’s way to social media or the Web?  A ton! Journalism.co.uk provides some new ways of thinking …

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Infographic and timeline tools made easy

It’s one thing to know your story could use an infographic or a timeline, and it’s quite another thing to build one yourself!  So, here’s a look at two, free online sites that make building either a breeze. The good folks at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab have created an open-source tool called TimelineJS that allows …

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Editing sequences for TV news

No matter how much you read about how to put together a video sequence, it’s always better to see the process in action. Many thanks to Dave Wertheimer for sharing this how-to that he produced for the NPPA Video Workshop. If you ever get confused about screen direction or the “imaginary line,” take a look …

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The very best in TV news writing

The best broadcast journalists are always looking for ways to get even better at that their craft, and a great place to start is by watching KARE-TV’s Boyd Huppert. But don’t take our word for it — Huppert is also the 2013 winner of the large market Edward R. Murrow Award for writing. Over the …

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How to put together a TV news package

One of the strongest broadcast journalism programs in the country is located at the University of Montana, and Professor Denise Dowling is one of the best instructors in the school. She gets students started on video storytelling by following a simple formula. “Begin and end every story with natural sound,” says Dowling, “include a nat …

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Creating stronger multimedia stories

MediaStorm has built a business by not doing perishable stories, according to founder Brian Storm. Storm, who made a name for himself as the first director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, spoke to a group of journalists about his strategies for producing powerful visual narratives that have a long shelf life. “I’m looking for people to …

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Five pieces of the storytelling puzzle

According to videographer Nathan Thompson, there are five essential elements to every good story. The former National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Photographer of the Year thinks of them as puzzle pieces that the storyteller has to fit together. 1. The story open. Thompson says you need to grab the audiences’s attention, introduce them to characters …

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Telling great video stories, fast

The first word in telling video stories efficiently is “focus,” according to videographer Lisa Berglund.  The former  National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Photographer of the Year says your story assignment is a location, it’s up to you to find the actual story. “It’s not just shoot it,” said Berglund.  ”Before you pick up your camera, be …

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