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Why so many people loved Tom Magliozzi's storytelling

FILE In this July 9, 1991 file photo, Brothers Tom, left, and Ray Magliozzi pose under a car hood in Boston. Tom Magliozzi died today of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The one thing about the news that is eternal, I guess, is that you never know for sure who is going to die … Read More
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Hysteria or proper precaution -- a conversation with Michel du Cille

Michel du Cille (Photo by: Julia Ewan/TWP) Kenny Irby interviewed Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille about his work in Liberia covering the Ebola virus, but before we get into his work, we will address Syracuse University's decision to disinvite the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner from its S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Fall Workshop. Each side … Read More
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Storytelling lessons from Budweiser puppy commercial

Budweiser strikes again. Once again, with the help of a puppy, the beer maker created another viral commercial. Earlier this year, it aired a Super Bowl commercial titled "Puppy Love" that I deconstructed for Poynter.org readers. The new ad, "Friends are Waiting" comes with this cutline: Next time you go out, be sure to make a plan to … Read More
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Reporting under fire: CNN's Ivan Watson stays calm

Photo courtesy CNN In the months ahead, as I show journalists examples of excellent reporting, I will use a story that CNN's senior international correspondent Ivan Watson filed this week. Watson and his CNN crew flew in a helicopter with the Iraqi air force and fighters with the Kurdish peshmerga to drop supplies and rescue 20 or so Iraqis … Read More
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Advice on publishing graphic photos from Iraq

It’s just a matter of time. That’s what I told a Kalish Visual Editing workshop on the campus of Ball State University just last week. I told the group that it was a matter of time before they were forced to make a decision on a graphic photograph and they needed to be prepared to defend their decision. Read More
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Tips for Storytellers: How to make photos better

As a designer and editor, my projects have been made infinitely better because I've worked with stellar photojournalists. They've patiently schooled me on the importance of capturing the moment, finding the best light and thinking about composition. Here are a few tips. Part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers, think of this as bite-sized inspiration. Next Friday: … Read More
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Tips for Storytellers: How to make the most of your tweets

My Grandma Helfrey was a master storyteller, using voices and just the right sense of humor. Over the years at Poynter, I've met a host of great storytellers and I've loved seeing them perfect the tools of their trade—for writing, audio, video, photography, graphics, social media and more. To summarize a few of the ideas that have stuck with me, … Read More