Notes from some great sessions at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention in Orlando, Fla.Read More
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Sports stories are so easy to write, even robots can do it. The Associated Press is using automated technology to write thousands of stories about college games. It uses software which takes game data and converts it into a narrative. Toss in a pound of stats, and it’ll crank out a story.Read More
When you publish audio content, it may not be heard for a while. Someone may discover it hours later, or perhaps the next day or week. This calls for a different approach to time elements. Here are a few tips we give our newsroom, which can be applied across the board...Read More
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
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
When you voice content, make every effort to not sound like you’re reading. That holds true whether you’re voicing news, conducting an interview or hosting a talk show. Broadcasting can be a very intimate experience; it’s just you and the listener. Because of that, you want to be yourself every time you crack open a microphone. Instead of scripting out every word, try working with an outline. Know which points you want to hit, and use them as a guide throughout your recording. The second you feel a topic or idea start to fade, jump to the next position on the outline.