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#Tip: Check out these tips on planning and visualising data stories

December 10th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

The recent Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Issue Brief on data journalism and visualisation brought speakers and delegates together to discuss how to present complex information through visualisations or analyse data sets more easily.

The session was hosted by David Ottewell, head of data journalism at Trinity Mirror Regionals, and Andy Kirk, founder of Visualising Data, who shared their thoughts and experiences on “sourcing, analysing and presenting data-driven stories”, and SIIA programme director Carolyn Morgan helpfully wrote the session up for others to learn from.

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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 this Storify on essential skills for journalism

November 28th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

This year’s Journalism Skills Conference from the NCTJ took place at Bournemouth University where Journalism.co.uk editor Rachel Bartlett (née McAthy) joined a panel speaking about essential tools for journalists.

Prior to speaking, she crowdsourced some advice and opinions from Twitter on the subject and collected it in the Storify below.

 

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#Tip: Check out this easy guide to Vine

November 27th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

News organisations are increasingly using microvideo platforms to give readers quick reports or behind-the-scenes views on stories and news events. Vizibee gives 75 seconds, Tout allows 45 seconds and Instagram lets users make 15-second videos. But Vine, with only six seconds, represents more of a challenge. What can you really show in six seconds?

A new website featuring guides, dos and don’ts, examples from different sectors, comparisons with other microvideo platforms and much more was launched by digital PR agency Net Intelligenz recently. Not only is it a free guide to getting the most out of Vine, but it also provides ideas and inspiration on how it could be used by journalists, editors, publishers and organisations.

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#Tip: How reporters and developers can work together

November 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
By Melissa Marques on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

By Melissa Marques on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Reporters are increasingly being asked to think digitally, not just in terms of what headlines may work best on social media or the reading habits of an online audience, but also in giving stories a digital treatment.

If a story is going to be turned into an interactive or graphic then the developer tasked with building said graphic will need to know where the story is going and how it should be presented.

Noah Veltman, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow and web developer, has put together some handy advice on how reporters should approach this relationship and what developers will be looking to know about the project as they work through it. Communication is key here, and Veltman’s tips can help repoters to think a bit more like developers, and vice versa.

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#Tip: Remember these CV tips for journalism jobs

November 25th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
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Journalism is one of those industries where the very best jobs are rarely advertised. Whether you are just looking to get a foot on the ladder or your favourite publication is openly looking for applicants, your CV needs to be well prepared and eye-catching to stand out from the rest.

Over on the JournoGrads website, BBC broadcaster John Fernandez has shared his tips on CV writing that are well worth checking out. And remember, should your CV grab an editor’s attention they will Google you, so take a look at our five tips for building a personal brand to make sure your online profile is positive.

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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 to start thinking digitally in your reporting

October 16th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Making the transition from print to digital, or even just expanding a publication’s online presence, requires more than just getting the necessary tools and technology. With all those tools come a variety of different ways to tell a story and reports should be approached as such.

Digital journalist and experienced trainer John Kroll has spent time helping newsrooms to think digitally, and for him there are three key lessons: make digital unavoidable, keep it simple and focus on the story, not the tools.

He goes into more detail in this post and includes a checklist of potential tools and questions to ask of each story that, although not wholly successful when he used it, provides ample food for thought.

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