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 […]

Saving TV news history

Saving TV news history

How many local television stations still have old videotape, or even old film, lying around in a dusty back room or basement? “A priceless perspective on the last half century,” says WRAL reporter Laura Leslie, whose station in Raleigh, N.C., is now digitizing its videotape archive. The nonprofit Internet Archive is doing the same with […]

Social media verification tips

Social media verification tips

A new social media journalism venture has had its hands full since launching on January 5. Within 48 hours, the Reported.ly team was scrambling to cover the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris from its posts in Ireland, Greece, Italy and the United States. Staffed by veterans of NPR and public radio, among other news outlets, Reported.ly is […]

How to make data visual

How to make data visual

Smooth as silk. I’m sure that’s what the developers had in mind when they named Silk, a free tool for creating interactive visualizations. The online software can build tables, charts and maps in just a few clicks. It’s what I used to create our new list of journalism awards and prizes. Silk lets you upload data from […]

How to find stories by listening

How to find stories by listening

One of the most basic skills every journalist needs is the ability to come up with stories worth reporting. It may be basic, but it’s not always easy. Some reporters have lots of ideas but they fail the “so what” test. Just because something’s interesting to you doesn’t mean it’s going to interest your audience. Other […]

Journalism awards and prizes

Journalism awards and prizes

We’ve updated our list of national awards and prizes open to broadcast journalists. Click “explore” in the upper right to sort the list by deadline, application fee or prize money. Please note that the number before the month is not the exact deadline; it indicates the month numerically so you can sort the list. Feel […]

How to earn respect on the job

How to earn respect on the job

You’re hired! Now what? That first full-time job in a newsroom can be an intimidating experience. There’s so much to learn, and most of the veterans are way too busy doing or protecting their own jobs to help a newbie out. But it’s critically important to make a good impression; the reputation you earn early on will follow […]

Advice for contest hopefuls

Advice for contest hopefuls

It’s that time of the year again: time to enter a journalism awards contest. NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition opens for submissions today; RTDNA is now accepting entries for the Murrow Awards. If you’re sending your work to any of the award competitions, give yourself the best possible chance of winning by reviewing these tips from a frequent […]

Screw-ups of the year

Screw-ups of the year

A television station runs a photo of the mayor and wrongly states she’s flashing a gang sign. TV reporters share photos of themselves on social media appearing to make light of serious stories. Two Chicago stations can’t get the facts right on a jail sentence. What a year for journalism ethics. Ironic, don’t you think, that […]

NewsLab's Top 5 for 2014

NewsLab’s Top 5 for 2014

It’s always edifying to me to look back at the year gone by and see what posts have been most popular at NewsLab. It reminds me of what NewsLab readers are most interested in, which helps me plan for the year to come. This year-in-review post also serves another function: to draw your attention to popular […]

TV investigation requires multiple cameras

TV investigation requires multiple cameras

It started with a tip from a source to KNTV. It sounded crazy but it turned out to be true. The world’s biggest food distributor, Sysco, was storing raw meat, milk and other food in unrefrigerated storage units before delivering it to restaurants. NBC Bay Area eventually aired a series of reports on the scandal that let […]

Patience pays off for investigative reporter

Patience pays off for investigative reporter

If you tell an investigative reporter they’ll never find what they’re looking for, you can bet they won’t give up until they get it. Just ask WRC reporter Tisha Thompson, who spent 6 years unearthing the State Department’s list of accident reports and driving violations committed by diplomats in Washington, DC. The project started when Thompson […]