Al Tompkins provides best practices & story ideas that you can localize & enterprise.
Journalists have been unable to stop candidates from using copyrighted news clips in campaign ads, but maybe “Sesame Street” can. Ever since Mitt Romney said during last week’s debate that he would cut federal funding to PBS even though “I … Read more
Wisconsin TV news anchor Jennifer Livingston has gained thousands of supporters this week by publicly taking on one critic who called her fat. Her story has since been broadcast on NBC’s “Nightly News” and she has appeared on the “Today” … Read more
After Fox inadvertently aired live video of a man in Phoenix shooting himself Friday following a car chase, Executive Vice President for News Michael Clemente tried to explain how it happened. He called it a “severe human error.” True enough. … Read more
This morning I got a call from the Poynter.org editors, who asked: “Could you write a piece explaining Coptic Christianity?” The request comes as law enforcement identifies Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, being widely described as a “California Coptic Christian,” as the … Read more
In times of international tension and crisis, photographic imagery and setting are critically important. The backgrounds that elected officials and candidates choose send strong signals that may be as important as what the candidate is saying.
Wednesday morning, Republican Presidential … Read more
Big events like national political conventions seem to bring out the best in journalism innovations. In 1924, at the GOP convention, the first radio broadcasters announced Calvin Coolidge’s nomination. In 1940, the first TV station in the world transmitted … Read more
The Washington Post continues a long history of journalism innovation at national political conventions. Another game-changing technology at this convention is a backpack video transmission system called LiveU. With just this backpack device that is loaded with cards that … Read more
The hype has begun.
I am seeing and hearing stories all over the place comparing Tropical Storm Isaac to Hurricane Katrina. And why not, given the likelihood that Isaac will make landfall near New Orleans on the seventh … Read more
Kevin Torres is a multimedia journalist for KUSA-TV, the NBC station in Denver. Usually he shoots, writes and edits his own stories.
On Tuesday, the key interview in his story was shot by the ABC station in town. On Wednesday, the … Read more