Live shots and security

Live shots and security

The murder of two TV journalists by a former reporter at their station has shocked us all. They were shot to death in the middle of a live report or the morning show at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Viewers heard reporter Alison Parker scream. Photographer Adam Ward managed to capture an image of the shooter, who was quickly […]

NBC's Brian Williams decision: Not good enough

NBC’s Brian Williams decision: Not good enough

It was an ego trip. That’s the explanation Brian Williams offered in a Today Show interview the morning after NBC News officially demoted him from Nightly News anchor and allowed him to return to the network after a four-month suspension. “I told stories that were not true,” he said.  “I own this.” Precisely what he’s owning up […]

What works best in mobile video?

What works best in mobile video?

You do it. I do it. We’re all watching more video on small screens–on our mobile phones or tablets. Lots of it is stuff that shows up in our social networks. My Facebook feed is overrun by cat videos, and I know I’m not alone; a new study says watching them is a guaranteed mood […]

Another entry in the quest for truly interactive video

Another entry in the quest for truly interactive video

In the early days of online video, interactivity looked something like this: A person on camera would point above, below or to the side of the video frame and suggest that the viewer might want to “click the link” to learn more about whatever they were watching. Awkward? You bet it was. Now there’s TouchCast, which allows […]

Why ABC should discipline George Stephanopoulos

Why ABC should discipline George Stephanopoulos

In what universe is it OK for a prominent journalist to make large contributions to a politically-connected foundation? In the universe of ABC News, apparently. ABC’s main anchor, George Stephanopoulos, has acknowledged that he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past three years. He didn’t tell his bosses, and he never mentioned it on the air, […]

Must have mobile tools for TV reporters

Must have mobile tools for TV reporters

by Deb Halpern Wenger When Tony Russell heads out to cover a story for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his toolkit includes two phones and a host of apps.  His favorite is Instagram. “I use Instagram because I like to show viewers what I’m working on,” said Russell, who goes by @tonyrusselltv across social media. “I […]

Who says TV stations can't produce great Web content?

Who says TV stations can’t produce great Web content?

Add another plaque on the wall for New Orleans investigative reporter Lee Zurik of WVUE. His series Louisiana Purchased, co-produced with the Times-Picayune’s NOLA.com, just won IRE‘s small-market broadcast award.  The investigation of campaign finance in Louisiana “exposed…direct influence peddling going on across the state,” the judges wrote. The station has aired at least 40 stories in the series, […]

How to boost audience engagement on social media

How to boost audience engagement on social media

Two things we know about social media. Sharing news is easy. Engaging the audience is hard. So why bother? Engagement is key to building an audience for the journalism you work so hard to produce. Here are three tips for boosting engagement that I shared at the Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. […]

How to build a better newscast

How to build a better newscast

6 Lessons from a Murrow Award Winner by Deb Halpern Wenger Lisa Leko is a producer at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee, which won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast among stations in small markets in 2014.  Leko recently took part in an RTDNA-sponsored webinar on what makes a newscast worthy of a Murrow, […]

So long, Bob Schieffer

So long, Bob Schieffer

This time, Bob Schieffer says, it’s for real. After 46 years with CBS News, he plans to step down as host of Face the Nation and retire this summer. He’s talked about retirement before, but it didn’t take. The truth is he was having way too much fun to quit. “It’s been a great adventure,” he said in announcing […]

Structure: The key to video storytelling

Structure: The key to video storytelling

Beginning, middle, end. That’s a useful way to think about story structure, especially for video, but it’s not sufficient. Lots of stories start out well and may even finish with a memorable shot or sequence, but something keeps them from being great: the middle. Knowing what you want to say isn’t enough. The order in which you […]

What can you do with a GoPro?

What can you do with a GoPro?

It’s obvious that GoPro cameras are great for shooting sports, but that’s hardly all they’re good for. Solo journalists like KUSA reporter Matt Renoux use them for daily news. “Of course, they don’t have the same quality as a $30,000 news camera,” Renoux told Steamboat Today, “but they are nice because they are small, durable and can […]

Why NBC News had to suspend Brian Williams

Why NBC News had to suspend Brian Williams

It only took a week. It must have felt much longer to Brian Williams. The network suspended its main news anchor last night, saying his actions were inexcusable. Taking him off air for six months without pay, said NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke, was a “severe and appropriate punishment” for having “jeopardized the trust millions of […]

iPhoning it in

iPhoning it in

Shooting a TV news story on mobile phone isn’t exactly commonplace but it does happen every so often. Shooting a half-hour TV special on an iPhone? As far as I can tell, this is a first. Dallas reporter Mike Castellucci has been shooting stories on his iPhone for a while now, and said he wanted to try […]

Should NBC fire Brian Williams?

Should NBC fire Brian Williams?

What are we to make of Brian Williams and his “misremembering” an incident no one could possibly forget? The NBC News anchor has apologized for saying last week that he was aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire when he was covering the Iraq war back in 2003. He wasn’t. Williams was outed by […]