On the why would anyone care to read about you question

On the why would anyone care to read about you question…I would say what I say to my journalism and film students when they tell me that they have no story ideas… Everyone has a story to tell, this is what journalism is to me at its heart – the stories of all of us, … Continue reading

Advice for students who want to work in any media industry

I’ve been asked to participate in a mentoring program for students about to graduate from college this coming weekend. In preparation for the event, I was asked to share the most important advice I have to give young people who want to work in the media industries. So here’s that answer… The advice I give to … Continue reading

Dear News, Please consider rebranding yourself

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 … Continue reading

What makes a good TV News Story?

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.

What does j-school need to be?

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 … Continue reading

Snow Fall and The Jockey

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 … Continue reading

Traditional media need to show they’re valuable every day, not just in times of crisis

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 … Continue reading

When looking for local story ideas, consider ones that drive social media engagement

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 … Continue reading

A few links for journalism students (and journalists)

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 … Continue reading

One to watch: NowThis News

“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 … Continue reading

Video journalism 101: How sequencing can improve your stories

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.

ASU’s Cronkite School’s ‘Start-up culture’

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.

Journalism research

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 future of News free e-book from Neiman J-Lab

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.

A few college student TV programs with hands-on experience

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 … Continue reading

Faking it in journalism

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. … Continue reading

How to cover tragedy?

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 … Continue reading

Allowing quote approval

Should journalists allow quote approval? Read this recent article from the British perspective: Journalists who allow quote approval become complicit in political spin

Ethics Discussion: Local news, fake bylines, cost of coverage

Perfect ethics discussion starter in any journalism class: From NPR: “Newspapers acknowledged publishing dozens of items in print or online from outsourcing firm Journatic that appeared under fake bylines. The Chicago Tribune, for example, said the matter is under investigation. But the newspaper’s corporate parent, the Tribune Co., is a new investor in Journatic.” Read … Continue reading

Interviewing tips from a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

Interviewing tips from a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Nalder, a long-time investigative reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which abandoned print years ago and now operates as the web-only publication SeattlePI.com: http://www.mikeconsol.com/index.php/blog/comments/interviewing-tips-from-a-two-time-pulitzer-prize-winner/?goback=%2Egde_79756_member_127928560