Tag: Writing

Books for writers

Writers read. Good writers read voraciously. That’s because the best way to improve your craft is to study it, learning from great practitioners. I’ve had a list of favorite books about writing on the NewsLab site for years now and I…

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A mantra for shooting better video

“Wide, medium, tight, reverse, reaction.” That phrase has been running through video journalist John Bullard’s head for nearly 40 years.  Bullard has shot video stories at the local level and for networks like CNN and ABC.  He owns his own…

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More tips for writing TV news

The single most popular post here at Advancing the Story offers tips on writing TV news. They’re just as useful now as they were when we first shared them in 2008, but the Canadian journalism site where we found them has just…

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How to write a mobile news story

According to research from the Nielsen Norman Group, it may be nearly twice as hard to comprehend information you consume on a smartphone-sized mobile device. The limited amount of information displayed on the screen requires users to remember more as…

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How TV journalists write for social media

Kristen Wilson spent her college career working on design and magazine projects, but her first job out of school put her on the front lines of WTVA’s social media presence.  Wilson is a Web producer for the NBC affiliate in…

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3 great tips for better TV stories

KARE-11’s Boyd Huppert is an amazing storyteller.  A workshop with him may be just about equivalent to a master class in TV news.  At the Excellence in Journalism conference, he shared some of the things he wished he had known…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Well-chosen details make stories stronger

One challenge TV reporters face is deciding what details belong in a story. Too many and the story bogs down. Too few and it loses impact. What works in a story is “telling” detail: information that conveys a basic truth…

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