Category: 03. Newsgathering: Broadcast

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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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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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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Write that down

Do you take notes on paper or an electronic device? I’m a longtime advocate for the paper approach. In a post five years ago I pushed back at suggestions that apps like Evernote mean reporters can leave their notebooks at…

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Downsides to working as an MMJ

Ask a few TV reporters what it’s like working as an MMJ and you might get very different stories. We recently shared advice from KGTV’s Joe Little and KARE’s Heidi Wigdahl, both of whom have embraced careers as solo journalists.…

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8 tips for MMJs

If you’re working as an MMJ in your first job and think you won’t do it in your second, think again, says Heidi Wigdahl. She’s been in the business seven years, starting in market 153 at KTTZ in Rochester, Minnesota,…

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Tips on interviewing from Audie Cornish

photo by Stephen Voss, NPR

As co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Audie Cornish conducts interviews that are most often edited before they air. The goal, she says, is “a targeted conversation that’s supposed to unfold seemingly naturally over the course of several minutes. “The…

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Loving the MMJ life

Joe Little is an MMJ by choice and loves working alone. He shoots, edits, and does his own live shots from the field for KGTV in San Diego, California. He even produces his own graphics. “There is nothing a traditional…

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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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