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Twitter CNN

The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery will be a contributor at CNN

Other just-announced CNN contributors include David Fahrenthold and Abby Phillip.

Washingtonian Andrew Beaujon

How The Washington Post will cover the urban/rural divide

"Jose DelReal will bring skills he honed covering the Trump campaign to perhaps the biggest disconnect in American life."

Financial Times David Bond

Daily Mail deals blow to newspaper collaboration efforts

"The parent company of the Daily Mail has pulled out of talks to create a new joint advertising sales operation for the struggling UK national newspaper industry, dealing a major blow to Fleet Street’s efforts to combat structural decline."

Digiday Lucinda Southern

Publishers come up with bundled Instant Articles

"Ten publishers, among them BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, The Sun and El País, are testing out the new feature before a wider roll-out. Readers can subscribe to receive notifications each time a bundle is posted."

Recode Kurt Wagner

Facebook may stop paying publishers to make live video

"Publishers don’t expect Facebook to renew the deals it was pushing last spring; now Facebook wants something else."

CNN Brian Stelter

David Fahrenthold is now a CNN contributor

"Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, a breakout star of the 2016 campaign for his coverage of Donald Trump's foundation, is CNN's newest contributor."

Medium Sean Blanda

The reason you can't stand news anymore

"The methods used to fund modern journalism simultaneously undermine trust in the news outlets."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

BuzzFeed News boss: We didn't want to suppress Trump allegations

“I do think when you have a document in that kind of circulation among the country’s elites, at the center of an incredibly heated political battle, the argument for keeping it away from the American people has to be really, really strong.”

Politico Jack Shafer

Opinion: Trump's election was good for journalism

"It’s not winter that’s coming with the inauguration of Trump. It’s journalistic spring."

YouTube NBC

Donald Trump's news conference gets the SNL treatment

Alec Baldwin reprises his role as President-elect.

The Washington Post Callum Borchers

Tons of headlines are good news for Donald Trump

"A muddle is good for Trump — and he knows it. And you can bet that he will fill next week, inauguration week, with everything and nothing, all at the same time."

CNN Brian Stelter

Video: BuzzFeed boss defends publishing Trump dossier

CNN's Brian Stelter discusses the decision to publish the 35-page dossier with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith.

The Verge Amar Toor

Facebook rolls out fake news filter in Germany

"Facebook will begin rolling out its fake news filter in Germany, The Financial Times reports, where lawmakers have expressed growing concern over the spread of fabricated news stories and Russian interference ahead of national elections later this year."

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Nieman Lab Joseph Lichterman

Inside The Washington Post's video investment

"Owner Jeff Bezos is also pushing the Post to experiment with more user-friendly video ad formats."

The New York Times The 2020 Team

The New York Times 2020 report is here

Read it!

Twitter CNN

The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery will be a contributor at CNN

Other just-announced CNN contributors include David Fahrenthold and Abby Phillip.

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How to tell an audio story without narration

Standard audio stories have a host introduction, narration, voice tracks and actualities (such as natural sound). But you can also use non-narrated pieces, stories that don't include the reporter's voice or storytelling. Non-narrated pieces aren’t usual, but they can be effective when paired with the right story. These stories can take several forms.

  • 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.

Taken from Writing for the Ear, a self-directed course by Dan Grech at Poynter NewsU.

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