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Politico HADAS GOLD

Trump transition team asks CNN to retract story about Tom Price

"In a statement, the Presidential Transition Team said the story 'omitted facts and drew conclusions in an effort to attack' Price, before laying out a series of what it says are facts that 'were available to CNN.'"

Real Clear Politics Froma Harrop

When Trump goes low, media can go away

"If Trump won't take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it's not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing "straight man" on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don't have to be there."

NPPA Mickey Osterreicher

5 tips for covering conflict at the 2017 inauguration

Cite advocacy, maintain situational awareness, identify yourself as a journalist, maintain professionalism and think ahead.

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  • First-person essays. This works well for commentaries, when a particular point of view is presented.
  • Man on the street. In this non-narrated approach, a reporter asks people’s reactions to a question or issue. Plan to ask each person two or three questions. Back in the studio, you’ll create a montage of the best responses.
  • Voice collages. This structure incorporates many voices into a tight space. It provides different answers to a single question. Usually, the answers are provided in succession, after an initial setup. This format works best with a very specific subject. It also works best in short form: 30 seconds is a typical length for a collage.
  • Features. You can also present a person’s responses to a set of interview questions without the reporter speaking. This formats works especially well when people tell a story about their life or something they've done.

Use a non-narrated approach with a particular purpose in mind. It won’t work for every topic, so don’t force it on a story that would benefit from another approach.

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