Reading lists

Reading lists

Sometimes it just takes a little nudge. I’ve had a couple of reading lists on this site for years, and it’s been a long time since I updated them. So I’m grateful to the reader who pointed out that a lot of links were out of date and motivated me to fix them! I’ve just updated […]

How to find an expert in a hurry

How to find an expert in a hurry

When you’re on deadline and you need an expert on a particular subject, where do you turn? Google is great, but it’s massive. Type in “stock market expert” and you’ll get 34 million results in seconds, with the top links offering advice on how you can become an expert. Not quite what you were looking for, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beat reporting: Environment and science

Beat reporting: Environment and science

One of my last beats as a network TV reporter was the environment, and I covered everything from air quality to endangered species to climate change. I found it fascinating and complicated–drowning in jargon and tinged with politics–and often hard to visualize. What to do? When dealing with these kinds of stories, journalists need to be familiar […]

Beat reporting: Education

Beat reporting: Education

The education beat is a wide umbrella, covering everything from preschool through higher education, and from school funding to learning outcomes. The beat has become even broader and more complex in recent years in part because of the expansion of charter schools, the increasing popularity of homeschooling, and federal achievement standards. These days, education stories […]

Beat reporting: Crime and justice

Beat reporting: Crime and justice

Every news organization covers crime. It’s a staple of daily reporting. But not every news organization covers crime as a beat. Too often, crime stories are just accounts of incidents as they occur, with little context or depth. To cover crime well, reporters need to look for patterns and trends as well as for the impact of crime on individuals […]

Making corrections on social media

Making corrections on social media

When you get something wrong in a news story, how do you make it right? Newsroom policies–if they even exist–usually cover the timing and placement of corrections in legacy media and online, but social media are rarely mentioned. That’s a big oversight, considering that errors on social media replicate like rabbits. Imagine you’ve tweeted something […]

Reddit for journalists

Reddit for journalists

What happened on Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombings may have scared many journalists away from the site. NPR tech reporter Elise Hu believes that’s a shame. The self-described “front page of the Internet” became a hive of misinformation, as users posted theories about the bombing and falsely identified suspects. “Activity on Reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation […]

Apps for political coverage

Apps for political coverage

It’s a long way from the “Boys on the Bus.” Political reporters today have more information at their fingertips than a whole newsroom could provide not that long ago.  Here are a few you might want to download, if you haven’t already. Ad Hawk, free from the Sunlight Foundation, uses sound recognition technology to quickly […]

The best local TV news stations to work for?

The best local TV news stations to work for?

News directors from around the country say Hearst Television deserves “the prize for best overall news” based solely on reputation. That’s according to a TVNewsCheck survey. The station group garnered 29.9%, or 23 of the 77 votes cast. A clear second was Belo at 16.9% with 13. Scripps, Cox and Raycom followed with seven, six and five […]