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#Tip: Bookmark Emergency Journalism for a wealth of tools and resources

December 6th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

For the last year the European Journalism Centre has been running a site called Emergency Journalism to provide news, tools and resources “for media professionals reporting in volatile situations”.

The resources section is particularly useful, with lists of tools for verification, content curation, newsgathering, data sources, freedom of information requests and more.

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#Tip: How to cover funerals with respect

December 2nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

As the weekend’s tragic events in Glasgow and New York have proven, sometimes disaster can be wholly unpredictable.

Reporting on the resulting funerals will never be an easy job and each should be treated differently. From the families’ point of view, there is no right way for a journalist to cover the death of a loved one but there is definitely a wrong way.

Editors at the Ottawa Citizen had to carefully consider the subject after the deaths of six people in a bus crash gained national attention. Reporter Matthew Pearson drew up 10 tips that he felt should always apply when reporting on such an occasion, posted on The Canadian Journalism Project.

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#Tip: How to be a savvy reporter of science

November 29th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Despite the stern rigours of scientific method, history is filled with charlatans, snake-oil salesmen and all manner of assorted quackery and journalists need to be on their guard to see through any smoke or mirrors to give the public the truth about new scientific developments.

Stephen Leahy’s recently published chapter in ‘Reporter’s Guide to the Millenium Development Goals’ covered the environment, one of the most contentious scientific issues of the day, and some of his main points have been adapted into 10 tips on environmental journalism for The Canadian Journalism Project.

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#Tip: Check out these 21 tips for ‘mobile ninjas’

November 4th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

You don’t have to go all out with mobile journalism – sometimes the traditional methods are still the best – but being aware of all the potential tools at your disposal can help you choose the best ones for the job.

At the Online News Association’s recent conference Jeremy Caplan, education director at the Tow-Knight Centre for Entrepreneurial Journalism, gave a talk including ’21 tips for mobile ninjas’, now shared as a Google doc.

As well as a range of hardware that is useful when reporting from the scene, he includes advice on best practice and a selection of useful apps for taking and editing photos, recording audio, video production, mobile publishing, live streaming and more. You might not need all of them but the range and detail of information in should have something for everyone.

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#Tip: How iOS7 affects reporting from an iPhone

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Mobile, Top tips for journalists

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Apple’s new iOS7 has been greeted with both cheers and cries for its abandonment of skeuomorphism, inclusion of parallax scrolling and host of new features, but what are the practical implications for journalists?

On his #iphonereporting blog, Neal Augenstein is compiling a list of how the changes and upgrades are affecting different apps and the phone’s overall practicality for reporting. He already has a detailed list but is appealing for further contributions and will be adding to

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#Tip: How to shoot quality video on mobile

August 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Mobile, Top tips for journalists

Neal Augenstein’s site #iphonereporting is a consistent source of excellent guidelines on how best to use your smartphone to supplement traditional reporting tools. These tips on shooting video on your phone are no different.

The tips are technical and technological – covering how best to hold the phone and edit the video as well as which apps to use in the process – and give a solid start to anyone looking to get good video on the go.

Shameless plug: Mobile journalism luminary Glen Mulcahy, quoted in Augenstein’s article above, is running a one-day course on mobile reporting for Journalism.co.uk in September if you want to take your skills to the next level.

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#Tip: Remember these tips on getting sources to open up

August 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

No matter what field of journalism you work in there’s always the need to help your sources relax and open up. It might be so they give some of the more intimate details of a story, or to stray from the party line into their more personal thoughts, but building rapport is vital to get the best interview.

Pulitzer-Prize winning feature writer Lane DeGregory shared some of her tips on developing sources with Poynter and has some techniques and ideas that are worth remembering.

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#Tip: Writing and reporting advice from some masters of the craft

May 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Roy Peter Clark has been teaching the art or writing and reporting for more than 30 years, authoring numerous books and appearing on television to talk about his craft.

He recently taught at a conference hosted by the Washington Post and posted this article on Poynter after hearing David Finkel, Bob Woodward, DeNeen L. Brown and Ezra Klein detail what they believe makes the difference in modern writing.

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#Podcast: The rise of microvideo in online news

May 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Mobile, Multimedia, Podcast

The rising tide of microvideo apps for smartphones is an increasing feature in online and mobile news reporting. This podcast looks at what is driving this change, some of the different platforms being used and what this could potentially mean for how news is received and reported in online and mobile forms in the future.

We speak to:

  • Michael Downing, founder and CEO, Tout
  • Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Digital First Media
  • Neha Manaktala, chief operations officer, Vizibee
  • Marc Settle, trainer in mobile journalism, BBC College of Journalism
  • Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor, Los Angeles Newspaper Group

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

We will have more on Journalism.co.uk next week from the podcast interviewees on this subject.

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#Podcast – Career advice for aspiring sports journalists

February 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at sports journalism and gets expert advice on how to succeed.

Recommendations include the value of experience, getting the right training and other potential in-roads to this popular and competitive sector.

  • Sean Ingle, sports editor, Guardian.co.uk
  • Nick Powell, sports editor, Sky News
  • James Toney, managing editor, Sportsbeat
  • Keith Elliott, head of careers, Sports Journalists’ Association
  • Jonny Lally, media officer, Leicester City FC

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

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