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5 tips for video interviews

Seeing, for many viewers, is believing. But to really “understand” requires explanation and context. That is a key role journalists fill. When you're interviewing a person, you want to capture more than the interview. Here are some tips for b-roll and other ways to add context to your story. Capture as much video of a person as you can before … Read More
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Expanding the cohort, again

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. This newsletter launched a year ago with the announcement of the 2016 class of the Leadership Academy of Women in Digital Media. Today, we’re expanding the cohort once more, with another 28 women who will participate in the academy. Reading through the … Read More
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5 questions with Kat Kinsman

This profile initially appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Kat Kinsman has the very cool title of senior food and drinks editor at Time Inc.'s all-breakfast site Extra Crispy. She’s also the author of “Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves,” which hit bookstores in November. Last … Read More
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Meet the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Here are three facts about this year’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media: Among the 28 selected members, there are five countries represented; two women have the same first and last names; and reviewing applications took more than 100 hours of collective (wo)man power. The 28 women, chosen from more than 300 applicants, will spend a week at Poynter … Read More
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NBC's Chuck Todd: "I don't like being a political prop"

With Donald Trump's inauguration just a day away, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is preparing to cover a president who occasionally treats journalists like political punching bags. "I think he sees the media as an incredible political tool for him," Todd told Poynter. "I don't like being a political prop. And I think we have been set up … Read More
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20 years ago, she interviewed him at the statehouse. Yesterday, she got the last question at the White House

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Christi Parsons was the first and the last. Of those jamming the White House briefing room Thursday for President Obama's last press conference, the first to have asked him a question was … Read More
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Obama to the press: 'America needs you'

Pres. Obama tells White House press corps: "America needs you. Our democracy needs you." https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/zCQpyfx2Mi — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 18, 2017 President Obama praised the press as central to democracy Wednesday in a final "farewell" that was part ironic homage to the media and part admonition to the incoming Trump … Read More
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Covering the inauguration: A resource guide

Several advocacy organizations are making tips, hotlines and resources available to journalists to help protect them while covering Donald Trump's inauguration this week. Below, you'll find them gathered them here in one place, separated by topic. Related training: Access denied: Your rights when government shuts media out Know your rights As it did during coverage of Ferguson, the National … Read More
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Did fake news help elect Trump? Not likely, according to new research

"Fake news" stories favoring Donald Trump far exceeded those favoring Hillary Clinton but did not have a significant impact on the presidential election, concludes a new survey of social and other media consumption. The study, which also downplays the political impact of social media in general, is co-authored by economists Matthew Gentzkow of Stanford University and Hunt Allcott of New … Read More
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How the Times-Picayune is rebuilding its environmental team in a critical time

Mark Schleifstein wasn't at work seven years ago, when an explosion rocked an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, the day of the BP oil spill, the Times-Picayune's environmental reporter was at home on furlough. Schleifstein, whose work won a Pulitzer for Public Service in 1996, got to work anyway covering the massive … Read More
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2 ways to tell stories with polls

Writing about polls or survey results is similar to writing about any news story: It requires attention to the same principles of journalism, such as always reporting with precision and without bias, as well as providing context and looking for the deeper story. Dig Deep — Look at Sub-Groups and Follow-Up Questions Often, the best story can be found by … Read More
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Facing legal threat, German fact-checking project goes offline

Much like U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the German right-wing populist party has a rocky relationship with the media. The party, ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD), recently decided to bar a range of individual journalists as well as the entire German public broadcasting sector from a congress of European right-wing populist parties. Its functionaries and supporters regularly dismiss the news media … Read More
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Baseball writers primed to report the news they made

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Donald Trump, a beneficiary of performance-enhancing evasions, should note that it's Election Day for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the greatest baseball players — and perhaps cheaters — ever. Do … Read More
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If your newsroom only has one meeting, make it this one

Meetings are usually a waste of time, but make an exception for this one. Every Friday, my team meets to discuss how the week went. We suggest ways to work together better, brainstorm and set goals. This end-of-week meeting is called a retrospective. It gives teams an opportunity to assess how their week went, talk about new ideas and recognize … Read More
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Is the Facebook Live honeymoon over?

At the beginning of 2016, it seemed as if we were all destined to spend our days gawking at live video. Facebook Live, which debuted in April, was everywhere thanks to an enormous boost in reach bestowed by the social network. News organizations, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed and CNN, were churning out live video after … Read More
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