Author: Deborah Potter

Where do ideas come from?

Where do most news stories come from? If they’re honest, journalists will tell you that a lot of the stories they do are pretty routine. Breaking news from the scanners, scheduled events from the daybook, consumer complaints and “franchise” stories…

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How to create Snapchat stories

“The audience does not want to rotate.” Former CNN photojournalist Bethany Swain says that’s why she’s changed her mind about vertical video and no longer preaches the gospel of horizontal for all media. “Play to the platform,” she says. For…

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Free tools for audio stories

Did you know you can go live on Facebook with audio only? Are you aware of an app that creates a video of an audio recording? Kim Fox knows all this and more. She’s an associate professor of practice at…

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Tell a story by comparing photos

Natural disasters can change lives and landscapes in an instant. Before-and-after photos are a great way to tell the story of a wildfire, a tornado or a hurricane. And it’s easy make a photo comparison interactive using a free tool…

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How to apply for a news job

If only all hiring managers were as helpful as Ryan Kellett. His job title is director of audience at the Washington Post, which is looking to hire an editor for the engagement team to help the site connect its sports coverage…

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Storytelling now — and back when

Sometimes I think the process of journalism has changed so much since I started it’s almost unrecognizable. (Scroll down for some early career memories.) But then I consider how much hasn’t changed. Good writing is still good writing, and will be forever.…

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Interview terms

Most interviews journalists do are on the record, especially for broadcast. Seems obvious–after all, we usually show up with a camera! But there may be times when you have to make a deal with a source in order to get…

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How to cover a meeting

Meeting stories are often the dullest of the dull. The piece begins with a wide shot of people sitting in a room. Some of them speak, but remain badly lit and often off-mic. There are murky cut-aways of people listening.…

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