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 […]

Tips for journalists from terrorism experts

Tips for journalists from terrorism experts

It’s obvious that much has changed in the ten years since 9/11. Ask Americans what they think is the most important problem facing the United States and terrorism doesn’t even make the list. The number of Americans willing to have the government violate their “basic civil liberties” in order to prevent additional acts of terrorism […]

What to do when the story changes

What to do when the story changes

There’s only so much you can do to prepare for the unexpected. When the G20 met in Toronto last summer, news organizations knew there would be protests and planned their coverage accordingly. But they couldn’t anticipate that riot-equipped police would quickly be overwhelmed when they came under attack. So journalists in the field and the […]

Staying safe in world trouble spots

Staying safe in world trouble spots

We’ve all heard and seen what’s been happening to journalists trying to cover the uprising in Egypt. Some have been detained and beaten. One Egyptian journalist was shot to death while taking pictures from his office balcony on his mobile phone. What can journalists do to stay safe while still covering a dangerous story? Watch […]

Avoiding early burnout

Avoiding early burnout

A reporter in her early 20s starts losing her hair. Another loses weight and has symptoms of depression. Everyone knows journalism is a tough business, but that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the stress of feeling overworked and unsatisfied in your chosen profession. Scott Reinardy of the University of Kansas surveyed young […]

Live truck safety is everyone's job

Live truck safety is everyone’s job

by Mark Bell, ENGsafety.com Many reporters feel it’s the technician’s job to be concerned about live truck safety. Nothing could be further from the truth. To prevent accidents, reporters need to be an educated “second set of eyes” in the field. Unfortunately, they often aren’t. Consider the reporter who was getting ready for an early […]

Reporting in a crisis

Reporting in a crisis

Covering a disaster is different from reporting on routine breaking news. Both require quick thinking and action, but in a crisis, additional issues and concerns kick in. The following tips were developed by NewsLab with input from NJ Burkett of WABC-TV in New York, who covered the 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq and terrorism […]

Coping with trauma

Coping with trauma

Covering wars and disasters can be traumatic for journalists, but they’re often either unaware of the impact, or unwilling to admit it. The effect is likely to be greatest on photographers, reporters and producers on the scene, but even in newsrooms far from the disaster area, the stress of longer-than-normal hours and repeated exposure to […]