Notes from some great sessions at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention in Orlando, Fla.Read More
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If the past few months have been any indication, we’re in for a long, fluffy, gaffe- and poll-filled ramp-up to the 2016 presidential elections. As the former producer and social media manager for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie podcast for nearly two years and a lifetime avowed news junkie, I’ve successfully slimmed down my Twitter lists to only include people who make their 140-character limits worth a glance. If your Twitter feed is absolutely bursting with BS hot takes, pointless polling, and utter nonsense, follow the people below instead. (Like anything to do with politics, you might not agree with what they tweet or the analysis they share, but it's important to see as many sides as possible to get through what's going to be a long race to the White House.)Read More
Ah, the post-game press conference. For athletes and coaches, a burden. For reporters, it can be a gold mine. Maximizing these availabilities is especially important if you’re not covering a team every day. Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my years covering sports on getting the best post-game material.
Put the most interesting words at the top of your story. It’s the best way to grab your listeners’ attention, and it will help to keep them from drifting away. So many times I’ll write copy and my coworkers’ll tap me on the shoulder and point out that the most interesting words aren’t at the top of my first paragraph. Think it over, and try different word combinations before settling for one.Read More
Tough concepts are all part of being a reporter. Sometimes a subject is going to come your way that you don’t understand completely, but you’re going to need to know how to explain it your listeners. There are a few ways to tackle hard ideas, and all of them include taking your sweet, sweet time.Read More