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.
AEJMC has links to several practical journalism studies at their Research You Can Use page. Among the current postings – a look at nontraditional news outlets looking to hire people with adaptive skills – something that can help all types of journalists and a look at how journalism ethics developed.
The Neiman Journalism Lab has put together two new e-books as an experiment with ebooks and to the benefit of us all. Check out their June 2012 and July 2012 editions, both focus on the future of news.
The GIF, invented by CompuServe in 1987, has many advantages over video, says the Neiman Journalism Lab. Check out their multimedia-multiplatform article: nie.mn/NXMLJH
Here’s a look at a few college student TV programs where students are doing real community reporting on live daily local news broadcasts: Missouri’s KOMU Ball State’s Newslink Indiana Northern Arizona University’s NAZ Today Kent State’s Tv2 California’s CUTV Know of another student local TV news outlet covering news in their community not just on … Read more
Interesting idea out of the UK where there is a proposal to broadcast TV via the internet and leave the airwaves for mobile phone Read the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/31/digital-television-internet-revolution?newsfeed=true
Looking for a job in TV news? A good resume website is your first step, along side making connections in the industry from your internship and classmates in college. When you’re lucky enough to land an interview, read this RTNDA article with 10 tips on landing a TV news gig from a News Director.
Two recent articles on faking it in journalism from the Columbia Journalism Review: The first on plagiarism: Do they get that it’s wrong? Journalism students can be “truly baffled” when confronted for plagiarism The second on self-plagiarism: How creativity works? Not like that. Science writer Jonah Lehrer accused of self-plagiarism Both these articles are perfect for discussing ethics with students. … Read more
Poynter shared an article with tips on covering major tragedies. Good for future reference, though we all wish there wouldn’t be another. 7 tips for covering the Colorado theater shooting And it can never be said too much – being first is never as important as being right. Yes, try to be first, but not … Read more
A study in 2012 showed there was more TV and radio news produced last year… and more people were employed doing it. Good news for TV and radio grads. Read the details at RTNDA.