I am inspired today. And I have news and journalism to thank yet again. And I want to share the trigger to my excitement with the world. It’s an amazing story that deserves the word amazing, when most things we read that have that word attached to them probably aren’t. But this is: A man … Read more
Check out this great article from Inside the Story Magazine: http://www.insidethestory.org/preview/breaking-bad-stories-a-manifesto-for-story-design-in-journalism/ It sounds pretty much like “New Journalism” to me. And great ideas for all types of storytellers… though a team that large working on any one story is pretty rare in the “news” biz – but why not use this as a classroom approach! (Sundance … Read more
Dear #News, I advise you to read the following report on you and your likeness: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/225139/pew-surveys-of-audience-habits-suggest-perilous-future-for-news/ Now, I’d like to point out that we can change this by showing your importance to society AND by being better everyday, giving people news they need disguised as news they want. Let’s give them a reason to want … Read more
What makes a good TV News story? Click the small photo above to see my presentation or click HERE. Let me know if you’d add anything else and why. Also check out my presentation Finding News Stories HERE. And my presentation the Video Story Process HERE.
There is lots of talk on what j-schools need to be, should be, shouldn’t be and could be. Take, for example, this new article: http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/08/do-journalism-schools-really-need-to-be-teaching-hospitals/ in response to articles like this: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2012/8/3/journalism-funders-call-teaching-hospital-model-education/ No matter which school you are in, I believe we can all agree on this quote from the new Nieman Lab piece: “The important thing for … Read more
There once was a little newspaper who thought big and tried new things. Overtime, they started a following. It turns out that solid reporting, interesting stories, and innovation was what “the people” wanted. Enter The New York Times multimedia stories “Snow Fall” and “The Jockey.” Read/watch/investigate them here, if you haven’t already: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/the-jockey/?pagewanted=all&_r=0#/?chapt=introduction It is … Read more
Looking for something quick, enjoyable – yet deep and worthy of reflection this summer (or anytime)? Here are three I recommend that will make your life better, or at least help you appreciate it more… 1. Late Edition: A Love Story by Bob Greene This book is an ode to journalism and an interesting look … Read more
Need a little help getting your creative juices flowing and charging up your outlook on life? Start writing! Join me at Camp NaNoWriMo from July 1-31, 2013 and write your first book! It’s free and fun – so why not make your summer one to remember in words. Writing anything helps all of your writing … Read more
I was recently asked – how do you write? This is my process: It happens in a split second like flipping a switch. I go into automatic pilot. Words flow out of my fingers letter by letter onto keys. Somehow, perhaps by some sort of yet-to-be-discovered-magic, a story forms. My mind has taken in information … Read more
There is no doubt to me in times of crisis all media – from traditional to social – can be valuable, important and relative. The audience reach via the web and social media is tremendous, The Globe’s YouTube video on the Boston Marathon bombings proves that. (According to a colleague of mine the video had … Read more
TV news industry professionals know too well that the state of the industry isn’t looking so hot: “Local TV finds itself newly vulnerable. Local TV audiences were down across every key time slot and across all networks in 2012. And the off-peak news hours like 4:30 a.m. that stations had been adding for years seem … Read more
When looking for local story ideas, consider ones that drive social media engagement. So, what kinds of local stories drive engagement? Read the results of an NPR Facebook experiment: http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/11/what-kinds-of-local-stories-drive-engagement-the-results-of-an-npr-facebook-experiment/ …Think of these things when coming up with story ideas for best results in spreading online. Don’t forget to include a link to your website with the story … Read more
Here are a few links students interested in journalism can learn a lot and get connected. (Also applicable for all journalists, if you aren’t already into these sources, check them out)… Twitter’s best practices for journalists guide: http://blog.twitter.com/2012/09/best-practices-for-journalists.html Twitter for Newsrooms: https://dev.twitter.com/media/newsrooms Facebook for journalists: https://www.facebook.com/journalists MuckRack – Register your Twitter once you are a prof journalist, watch the Twitterings of … Read more
“Rather than produce hours of streaming content a day, it is supposed to produce a handful of daily news reports, and plans to distribute them via mobile phones and social media.” – on the new NowThis News from Poynter. One to watch for sure!! Read the article. Check out BuzzFeed too if you haven’t for … Read more
App meets news website… Check out the review of the innovative USA Today website by Poynter: http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/visual-voice/188575/usa-today-innovates-with-horizontal-experience-information-layers-on-new-website/ USA Today changed the way newspapers looked, felt and were read too. So look for similar things coming soon to other news sites near you!
Went to a cool MMJ workshop put on by some talented KPNX folks today. A few videos they shared with us … for your enjoyment. Each is a good example of story telling: Vietnam airman finally comes home: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2012/08/09/20120809phoenix-vietnam-airman-honored.html Emmy-nominated multimedia Storytellers site: http://www.azcentral.com/storytellers/ Flagstaff man reunites with his best friend (his lost dog): http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/08/31/20120831lone-wolf-his-lost-dog-internet-miracle.html … Read more
Great article out of Poynter for teaching video journalism basics -> on using video sequencing: http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/digital-strategies/183861/how-journalists-can-improve-video-stories-with-shot-sequences/ I remember a really talented photog sitting down with me after a shoot in my first internship explaining sequencing and its importance. Made a difference in my understanding of good TV news.
Check out this article from PBS’ Idea Lab on Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, looking at the start-up culture mentality: Good look at creating inspiration for students.