Category: 04. Newsgathering: Multimedia

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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