What's next for NewsLab

What’s next for NewsLab

by Deborah Potter After almost 20 years of serving as a resource for journalists and journalism teachers, NewsLab’s structure will soon be changing to ensure that its mission of improving journalism will continue. NewsLab will become part of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi on Oct. 2, 2017. […]

Stay tuned for news

Stay tuned for news

Changes are coming to NewsLab. I can’t tell you anything now–sorry to sound so coy–but I wanted to give loyal readers a heads-up that an announcement will be coming right after Labor Day. For now, I can assure you that NewsLab’s content isn’t going away. After spending the last 20 years building this resource for […]

Remember the audience

Remember the audience

When you produce a story, are you thinking of how people are going to consume it? Mick Côté, digital news editor at The Canadian Press, says that in most newsrooms the answer is typically, “No.” And that’s a shame. “We’re so drawn to our own stuff we forget to take a step back and ask, ‘Is […]

Storytelling now -- and back then

Storytelling now — and back then

Sometimes I think the process of journalism has changed so much since I started it’s almost unrecognizable. (Scroll down for some early career memories.) But then I consider how much hasn’t changed. Good writing is still good writing, and will be forever. It’s still a craft you can learn, you can always get better at […]

Tips on using drones for news

Tips on using drones for news

with Deb Halpern Wenger Drones have already proved their worth in national and international news coverage, adding fresh perspective to reports on natural disasters and environmental issues. Now, drones are being used more widely by local news organizations, and DJI‘s Jon Resnick says it’s a no-brainer to get in the game. “[Drones] let us tell stories more effectively, […]

Using .GIFs for news

Using .GIFs for news

You can’t help but notice when short video loops or animations pop up in your social media channels. They’re designed to draw your attention, and they do. It’s time to get over yourself and get on board with Harry Styles https://t.co/LERM5ebV8k pic.twitter.com/18lL38CXxB — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 23, 2017 GIFs (images in graphics interchange format) have been […]

"Fake news" and how to stop it

“Fake news” and how to stop it

By Dylan M. McLemore, University of Central Arkansas, @voiceofD After the dust from our toxic post-election discourse settled, the talk of traditional and social media turned to “fake news” – a term that has taken on new meaning in recent years, and new prominence in the 2016 presidential race. In this iteration, fake news doesn’t refer […]

Podcasting tips from a pro

Podcasting tips from a pro

If it seems to you like podcasting is making a comeback, hold it right there. It never went away, according to Michael O’Connell, host of the It’s All Journalism podcast and author of the forthcoming book Turn up the Volume: A Down and Dirty Guide to Launching a Podcast. “Thousands of podcasts were out there, […]

Not your enemy

Not your enemy

Attacks on the news media are nothing new, especially from American presidents. Even that vocal defender of a free press, Thomas Jefferson, had it up to here on occasion with newspapers and “the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them.” Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list” included more than 50 print and […]

How newsrooms stay on top of the news

How newsrooms stay on top of the news

Running a newsroom is both a sprint and a marathon. You have to move fast as things change, sometimes minute to minute, while also planning for the long term. How do you manage? Some of the most popular tools in newsrooms are free and open source, like Twitter and Google Docs. Whatsapp has proved useful […]

SEO for journalists

SEO for journalists

I’m a reporter. What do I care about SEO? The answer should be “plenty,” if you care whether anyone sees that story you worked so hard on once it’s posted online. Here’s why: The digital audience is made up of seekers and scanners. People seeking information about a particular topic will search for it online. […]

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 […]