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#Tip: Guidelines for interviewing victims of sexual and gender-based violence

June 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Sexual and gender-based violence has been getting a lot of press recently, for good reason.

The abhorrent crimes against women and girls committed by men in southern California and northern India have brought the topic to the fore but, according to a 2013 study from the World Health Organisation, one in three women worldwide will experience sexual or gender-based violence at some point in their lives. These are extreme cases of a widespread problem.

While reporting these crimes and addressing the socio-cultural background that can motivate the perpetrators is a vital role of the media, telling the story of the victims, both male and female, is just as important.

The recent #YesAllWomen hashtag has let many women tell their own stories. But when a victim of sexual or gender-based violence agrees to an interview, there are additional considerations a journalist must take into account – to respect the victim’s rights and aid their recovery.

Last year, the human rights non-profit Witness published guidelines for interviewing survivors of such crimes, including tips on approaching the interview, conducting the interview, and professional behaviour after the interview. They are well worth remembering.

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#Tip: Check out Importio’s weekly webinars for key data skills

May 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

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You can’t beat a step-by-step guide when you are stuck on how to carry out a particular task, and so for data journalists, Importio’s webinars, which are published on their blog and their YouTube channel once a week, may be a valuable resource to take a look at.

The webinars cover different stages of working with data using their tools, as well as others, such as visualisation platform Tableau.

Hat tip: @Journalismtls

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#Tip: Get more than just words from your interviews

May 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Despite the rise of big data as a source for stories, people are still at the centre of the stories that journalists write.

Interview technique is a skill to develop like any another, and according to Marvin Olasky, author and editor-in-chief of WORLD News Group, “the goal of an interview is not primarily to elicit words”.

In this article from WorldMag.com, Olasky goes into detail on the various types, stages and outcomes of an interview and how best to deal with each.

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#Tip: Remember these tools and tricks for great social videos

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Video content has great potential to go viral – especially if it is funny, educational or inspiring in some way.

This post on The Next Web highlights some key ways to optimise video for mobile viewing and social sharing, plus a few apps and tools to help you do the job.

They include editing apps such as WeVideo, iMovie and FinalCutPro.

 

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#Tip: Remember these tips for video editing

May 14th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

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TED Talks are among some of the most-watched videos on the web – Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture on his belief that mainstream education limits creativity has been viewed more than 23.5 million times.

So the team behind the TED Talks know a thing or two about producing video that people will want to watch.

In a recent TED blog post, film and video editor Kari Mulholland lists 10 tips for editing video, including advice on cuts, camera angles and how to keep the viewer’s attention.

 

 

 

 

 

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#Tip: Research-based pointers for telling news stories with video

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By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism has – fittingly – created a video outlining the key findings of a study into video produced by news outlets. The video explains the key results, which could prove helpful for those trying to establish their own approach to video journalism, although the video adds that “these suggestions will not work for all newsrooms”.

Having said that though, it did identify “patterns of success”, and the video shares 10 key observations around how to produce effective video, including reference to collaboration, social media strategy around video content and pre-roll advertising advice.

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#Tip: 7 data visualisation tips for beginners

May 6th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The rise in the use of data in journalism has brought with it a need to be able to accurately portray that data in a way that is easy for readers to understand.

This can sometimes be a hurdle for small newsrooms or independent journalists who do not have a background in digital design but Ann K Emery an evaluation, data and visualisation consultant at Innovation Network has put together a useful list of tips for beginners in the field.

This post on her blog about the data visualisation design has advice on the process from beginning to end and is worth having a look at even if it is just to better understand the process a newsroom designer may go through.

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#Tip: Check out this advice for more effective Facebook posts

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Everybody likes getting a ‘like’ on Facebook.

But if your posts are looking a bit lonely, take a look at these six tips from Newswhip to help you get better engagement on Facebook.

The article features examples from BBC World News and BuzzFeed, and includes advice on comments, scheduling and use of video.

You can join the Journalism.co.uk community on Facebook here.

 

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#Tip: Remember these Twitter tips for journalists

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Image by shawncampbell on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A lot has been written about how journalists can use Twitter, but this article on Writeca highlights six simple – but not so obvious – ways for reporters to make the most of the platform.

The advice includes engaging with “high-profile” users on Twitter in order to raise your profile, embedding tweets into articles you write and making the most of Vine.

Plus, if you are a Tweetdeck fan (like us here at Journalism.co.uk), there are some handy hints for filters you might want to use for managing and monitoring your feeds.

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#Tip: Take note of this advice from sports reporters

April 30th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Sports journalism is in a league of its own, a place where allowing the passion (and pain) of the fans to feed into the story is arguably as important as the reporting itself.

This post by Grace Belllo pulls together tips and advice from some of New York’s finest sports journalists, including writers from the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and FiveThirtyEight.

They include being savvy about curation, making the most of user-generated content and – an important one for young reporters – taking note of how your original copy has been edited, to help you improve your writing in future.

 

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