Vicki Krueger


How to recognize, manage stress when covering traumatic events like Japan earthquake, tsunami

Covering traumatic events such as the earthquake in Japan and tsunami can affect journalists in the field and in the newsroom.

It can be important and deeply rewarding to cover these events — but it can also personally affect journalists, says Heather Forbes, national manager, staff development, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) news division.

It’s essential for journalists, whether they’re covering the event in person, editing the coverage from a newsroom, or managing those who are producing the coverage, to prepare for the emotional toll these events take.

Understanding the effects of trauma makes for healthier journalism and healthier journalists, she says. She offered these reminders and tips in a Webinar at Poynter’s NewsU, “Trauma Awareness: What Every Journalist Needs to Know.”

Risk factors for trauma include exposure to a greater number of traumatic assignments; time in field covering the event; personal trauma; low perceived social support. Read more


How to publish credible information online while news is breaking

In the aftermath of mistakes made while covering the shootings in Arizona, media organizations may re-examine their practices and policies for ensuring accuracy. Does your news org have updated guidelines, standards or policies for making decisions during breaking news? A 2009 study by the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) found that many newsrooms have standards for their print reports, but few policies address digital delivery.

Sioux City Journal Editor Mitch Pugh led an APME Online Journalism Credibility Project that explored issues in publishing breaking news online. Here are some of the questions he encourages every newsroom to ask before making information public.

Ethics questions

  • “Official” information vs. independent reporting: When do you go with either?
  • Scanner traffic: Do you report what you hear on a scanner?
Read more

News University Launches Training Initiative with the Online News Association

The Poynter Institute’s News University (NewsU) announced Thursday that it is partnering with the Online News Association (ONA) to deliver a series of Webinars in 2009 that will focus on applying cutting-edge technology innovations to journalism. This innovative training initiative combines ONA’s expert membership with NewsU’s training expertise and unique e-learning site. ONA and NewsU plan to create engaging training sessions that address topics important to anyone producing news for the Internet.

“Now more than ever, journalists need focused, inexpensive and accessible help using new technologies that add depth and scope to their online storytelling,” said ONA President Jonathan Dube. “Our goal in partnering with NewsU is to leave journalists inspired and empowered to try something new.”

“ONA and NewsU are both critical resources for journalists, journalism educators, journalism students and anyone else looking to advance their skills in the rapidly changing world of digital media,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute. Read more


On the Linkage of Profitability and Usefulness

By Bennie L. Ivory
Executive editor
Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal

…There must be adjustments on both the business side and news side.

sides need to find a happy medium where they can come together and
produce the type of news and information that will be both profitable
and useful for readers.

The business side must realize that it
takes time and resources to produce the kind of journalism that we
should be providing. The deep newsroom cuts over that past few years
threaten to undercut that goal and chase away some of the profession’s
best and brightest.

The news side must realize that:

  • It must adjust to changes in reading habits.
  • It must work hand-in-hand with the business and technology departments to develop new platforms to deliver news and information.
Read more

The College Search

By Christine Dellert

Senior year. The last high school homecoming week, the last prom, and the best yearbook. It’s supposed to be the most fun you’ve had in four years, except for those darn college applications.

Applying to universities is stressful, with hundreds of schools across the country from which to choose. Which one is right for you?

Public or private? In-state or out? The choice is linked to how much you want to spend, what you want to study, and where you feel the most comfortable. There is no wrong answer.

For me, the right answer was the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Its campus is newer, its news reporting classes are smaller, and its journalism program is full of potential for any student who’s willing to work hard. Read more


Make Plans, But Keep Your Options Open

By Lee Ettleman

The first step in applying to college is to buy a tape deck.

Record a quick message with all the details about your search. Then, whenever anyone asks, you’ll have an answer. Just press play.

You know the routine. Relatives or neighbors edge up beside you, maybe put an arm around your shoulders. Their eyes sparkle, like they’re about to launch into a deep conversation or finally reveal some great secret. Then they pop the question.

“Where are you going to college?”

Click, goes the tape deck. “I’m applying to colleges X, Y, and Z. I really want to get into X. No, I don’t know what I want to major in.”

Rewind. Click. Play. Repeat.

As all high school seniors looking to go to college know, applying to schools is nerve-wracking. Read more


Rules for 2006 ASNE Awards

  • Distinguished Writing Awards

  • Jesse Laventhol Prizes for Deadline News Reporting

  • Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity

  • Community Service Photojournalism Award

The American Society of Newspaper Editors annually recognizes excellence in the journalistic crafts of writing and photography. ASNE is the premier organization of editors in the Americas and its activities concentrate on improving the diversity, readership, and credibility of newspapers.

ASNE will present eight awards for work done in 2005. Descriptions of the awards follow, along with the rules for submissions.

Four Distinguished Writing Awards
Cash Prizes: $2,500. These awards are funded by the ASNE Foundation, with the support of the Society members. Entries are judged on the basis of style, precision of word usage, structure, descriptive power, narrative skill, and the like. Read more


“Journalism Without Scandal” Poynter Report Available

Newsrooms across the country are still grappling with the fallout from the ethical scandals of 2003. This special issue of the Poynter Report offers ways your newspaper can evaluate its values, culture, and standards and will help you move the conversation from the coffee room to the newsroom.

You’ll read what Poynter faculty and participants in the recent “Journalism Without Scandal” conference have to say about values and culture. And you’ll find guidelines to help you evaluate and apply your newspaper’s standards and practices.

To order your free copy, send me an e-mail and I’ll ship one off right away.

Vicki Krueger

P.S. In the meantime, you can read articles from the issue online here. Read more


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