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#Tip: How to cover breaking news

February 7th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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A new e-book from Poynter highlights tips from award-winning journalists for covering breaking news stories.

The Denver Post’s new director Kevin Dale offers advice following lessons learned from the Post’s coverage of the Aurora cinema shootings – a story that broke around 1am when only the night digital producer was left in the newsroom.

Dale’s tips include verifying information – even when its developing fast, listening to social media and having a pre-prepared plan to help with difficult decisions, in this case, whether or not the Post should name the shooter.

 

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#Podcast: Balancing breaking news and light-hearted stories on social

November 15th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast, Social media and blogging
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When a big story breaks, should a large news outlet still be sharing news about light-hearted stories?

How many updates are too many when it comes to sharing information around a breaking news story? And how do you create stories that are sharable?

To find out the answers, Sarah Marshall, technology editor at Journalism.co.uk, speaks to:

  • Anna Doble, head of online, Channel 4 News
  • Mark Frankel, assistant editor of social news, BBC

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk podcast feed on iTunes.

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#Tip: Remember these tips on live-tweeting

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Image by petesimon on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Live-tweeting has taken on a prominent role in events coverage as an integral part of the 24-hour news cycle. As well as writing up a traditional news piece, reporters are often expected to give live coverage to conferences, speeches, protests, sports events, court cases, council meetings and any other context of breaking news, within the law. Anyone can tweet, but not everyone can do it well.

So Adam Tinworth, online journalism lecturer at City University, digital media consultant and liveblogger since 2001, has shared his three top tips on live tweeting, a blog post which is gathering further useful comments from other digital luminaries.

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link.

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#Podcast: Managing user-generated content in breaking news

April 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Podcast

User-generated content is becoming increasingly important in reporting on breaking news situations, so this week’s podcast looks at how different organisations and platforms manage the influx of user submitted content.

  • Markham Nolan, managing editor, Storyful
  • Dan Petty, social media editor, Denver Post
  • Paul Owen, journalist and regular live blogger, Guardian
  • Ken Goldberg, project leader of the Rashomon Project, UC Berkeley

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.

 

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#Tip: Social media mistakes journalists make in a crisis

April 16th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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In light of the recent events in Boston and issues that regularly arise when covering crises and breaking news stories on social media, Slate magazine’s social media editor, Jeremy Stahl, has drawn up some advice on what a journalist should or should not tweet during a crisis situation.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – Ways to flag up breaking news on Twitter

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This 10,000 Words blog post looks at the different ways news outlets flag up to their followers about the nature of the content they are tweeting, in this case breaking news but this could also relate to video or photos, for example.

The post addresses some of the common ways news outlets do this, such as breaking news in capital letters, or using the hashtag #breakingnews, and also offers “some questions to consider before adopting (or adapting) a new strategy for your own”.

See the full post here.

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MSN UK study release: Quarter of respondents ‘overwhelmed by the volume of news each day’

MSN UK recently commissioned a survey of 2,000 people (carried out by OnePoll) which looks at audience behaviour in certain news situations, as part of its Best of Now marketing campaign.

The findings including looking at the sources people turn to for breaking news coverage. This found that the majority (40 per cent) of respondents (who were able to select more than one answer), chose online news sites as their source. This was followed by newspapers with 30 per cent and social media with 20 per cent of respondents.

The survey also asked what news sources were most trusted by respondents, which saw broadcast television and radio come top with 43 per cent, followed by online news sites with 19 per cent, newspapers with 15 per cent and magazines with 9.1 per cent. Social networks were named as most trusted by just under five per cent.

A quarter of respondents highlighted in the survey that they can be “overwhelmed by the volume of news each day and demand quality, not quantity”, according to a press release. And when it comes to time spent consuming news, with the survey finding that on average 10 years ago respondents felt they would spend around 10 minutes a day consuming news, compared to an average of 15 minutes today.

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Beet.tv: The role of YouTube as a platform for citizen reporters

April 27th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

The interesting video below, from Beet.tv, features an interview with Olivia Ma, manager of news at YouTube, who talks about the site’s role as a platform for raw video of newsworthy events, such as the Middle East uprisings, both to the general public and news organisations.

YouTube doesn’t actually do any vetting of this material, we simply provide a distribution platform for people to get the word out and to upload their videos so the world can see them … Everyone can be a reporter, everyone has the power to bear witness to the events that are happening around them and document that and share it with the world.

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Nieman: AP Interactive and a visual future for breaking news

April 27th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Design and graphics, Editors' pick

Nieman Journalism Lab’s Justin Ellis has written an interesting post on the development of Associated Press’ interactive output, which has nearly doubled over the past two years.

Among other things, Ellis touches on on the work of the AP Interactive department covering breaking news stories with graphics:

The trick in being able to roll out these features so quickly (and likely another reason the department has increased its output) is the usage of templates, Nessa said. That basic form allows the artists, programmers, and others on staff to publish graphics quickly — and to continuously update them as more information comes in from reporters. That’s why when events like Japan’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit, you could find not only breaking reports from the AP, in text, but also incredible photography and interactive graphics that harnessed reporting from correspondents as well as accounts and images from on-the-ground witnesses.

See the full post at this link.

Interactives, graphics and visualisation are among a range of essential topics for modern journalists that will be covered at Journalism.co.uk’s upcoming news:rewired conference. See the full agenda at this link.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – breaking news online

January 20th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

News organisations that deal with breaking news online may be interested in this list of questions on ethics, credibility and delivery compiled by Sioux City Journal editor Mitch Pugh for a NewsU Webinar, for outlets to consider. There are also links to more resources at the end of this piece on Poynter. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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