The Genius of annotation

The Genius of annotation

Have you ever had more to say about a story than you could fit in? Of course, you have. Even on the “bottomless” Web, reporters have to leave things out. But what if you could make additional information or background easily available to readers and what if they could do the same, not in a […]

NewsLab's top 5 in 2015

NewsLab’s top 5 in 2015

Looking back at the year gone by always gives me some insight into what’s most important to you, NewsLab’s readers, and you never let me down. You care deeply about doing good work and about the future of the news business. No surprise, then, that most of the top five posts in 2015 offered tips you […]

Using social media for daily reporting

Using social media for daily reporting

For journalists, there’s no getting away from social media. Just about every newsroom expects reporters to be on Twitter and Facebook, at a minimum. But how are they using these platforms? Most reporters tell me they post breaking news and links to their stories on a regular basis, but that’s about it. For them, social media is […]

Finding stories by asking your audience

Finding stories by asking your audience

Having trouble coming up with story ideas? There’s an app for that: a new service designed to help newsrooms find “stories hidden in plain sight.” According to a review on Poynter.org, 20 news organizations are piloting Hearken, developed by a former Chicago public radio reporter. Hearken combines a variety of different functions to give audiences a voice in the […]

The writing wisdom of Yogi Berra

The writing wisdom of Yogi Berra

As a baseball fan, I’m saddened by the death of Yogi Berra. He was one of the greatest catchers of all time. Even if you didn’t much like the Yankees or Mets (count me in that number), you had to appreciate Yogi’s career as a player and coach. But what I really loved about Yogi was his […]

TV news goes all-iPhone

TV news goes all-iPhone

You knew it had to happen, right? A local TV news station has gone “100% iPhone.” The station in question is based in Switzerland. Over the summer, Léman Bleu outfitted each of its reporters with an iPhone 6 kit to shoot their stories and to use for live shots. News director Laurent Keller says Léman Bleu actually isn’t the […]

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, […]