How to manage your digital reputation

How to manage your digital reputation

Any journalist searching for a new job should be well aware that employers routinely Google potential hires and check them out on Facebook. That’s one good reason to make sure you know what your profile says about you and to clean it up, if necessary. But even if you’re not looking for work, it’s crucial [...]

Time management for journalists

Time management for journalists

If there’s one complaint I hear in every newsroom I visit, it’s that everyone wishes they had more time. Time to dig for stories. Time to write. Time to edit. The perception is that nobody has enough time to do everything they need to do. But the fact is that some people get more done [...]

5 tips for gathering better video and sound

5 tips for gathering better video and sound

By Bob Gould, former NPPA president I teach broadcast news at Michigan State and one day last year I decided to take the students out and shoot a story with the students watching me work. I figured it was much easier to SHOW them as opposed to just telling them. So, the story was about [...]

TV is dead. Or not.

TV is dead. Or not.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So said Isaac Newton in his third law of motion. And so it seems to me when it comes to opinions on the present or future state of television. What else can you think when, within the short span of a week, you run across [...]

Social media control

Social media control

It’s a given in today’s newsrooms. Twitter, Facebook and other social media are just part of the job. Reporters and anchors are expected to feed the beast, drum up followers and interact with them, and promote their stories and newscasts.  But who should own the journalist’s social media profile? News organizations think they should–in perpetuity–and [...]

Avoiding the PIO trap

Avoiding the PIO trap

What’s a bigger threat to journalists’ ability to hold government accountable–the Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks or the roadblocks thrown up by public information officers? I suspect most reporters outside Washington, DC, would point to PIOs, some of whom seem to think their No. 1 job is to limit access to information, not to provide [...]

How to listen for stories

How to listen for stories

Everybody has a story, it’s often said. CBS’s Steve Hartman turned the adage into a franchise. NBC’s Bob Dotson does something similar in his American Story features for the Today Show. They make it look easy, but often times it’s not. Just because people have a story doesn’t mean they can tell it well.  That’s where [...]

How to begin to learn coding

How to begin to learn coding

Let me begin by fessing up. I don’t know how to code and I doubt very much that I’m going to learn. But I’m blown away by journalists who understand coding and know enough about it to enhance their digital work. So I’m always interested in learning more about how and why they do what [...]

Digital journalism job requirements

Digital journalism job requirements

For all the gloom and doom you hear about the future of the news business, new opportunities seem to pop up all the time. Take the job Holly Edgell has at WCPO, the Scripps-owned television station in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s the “community editor” for WCPO-Digital, a new position that puts her in charge of social [...]

Network newscasts more different than ever

Network newscasts more different than ever

Talk about a harsh assessment: “2013 marks the year when ABC World News finally rejected the mission of presenting a serious newscast.” That’s the conclusion analyst Andrew Tyndall reached after reviewing what the networks covered on their evening newscasts last year. Sadly, the numbers bear him out. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer spent the least amount [...]

Guidelines for covering crime

Guidelines for covering crime

One of the most common criticisms of local TV news is that stations spend far too much time covering crime. It’s a well-founded complaint. Daily crime can be easy and cheap to cover–one stop shopping, so to speak–making it a popular rundown-stuffer. In many markets, crime is the lead story on almost every late newscast. [...]

Top 10 NewsLab posts of 2013

Top 10 NewsLab posts of 2013

Another year comes to an end with another year-in-review post. I guess you could call it a NewsLab tradition. Taking a look back at the year gone by is one way to get a sense of what NewsLab readers are most interested in; it’s also a way of drawing your attention to popular posts you [...]

Storytelling advice: Beginning, middle, end

Storytelling advice: Beginning, middle, end

How many times have you heard this advice? Make sure your story has a beginning, middle and end. Even the great Lewis Carroll shared a version of the standard counsel in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’” Sounds [...]

Storytelling the Bob Dotson way

Storytelling the Bob Dotson way

NBC’s Bob Dotson has never been one to follow the herd. He’s built a career out of telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things on his American Story franchise for the Today Show. How did he get where he is?  ”I think almost every break I got in this business is something I started [...]

Using social media in covering breaking news

Using social media in covering breaking news

When the actor Paul Walker died in a car crash, the Associated Press reported a touching tribute from his Fast and Furious co-star, Vin Diesel. “Brother I will miss you very much,” said therealvindiesel’s message on Instagram. “Heaven has gained a new Angel.” The quote drew more than 200,000 likes and one big thumbs down–for being [...]