Storytelling

Storytelling

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    Covering immigration can be tough, but there are strong stories out there

    Norberto Santana Jr. thinks of his reporters as mechanics. They check what’s up, make sense of it, describe the situation to the customers.

    That model has been tested over the past year with the uncertainty surrounding the immigration policies of the Trump administration.

    His readers, at the Voice of Orange County, are in an area roiled by the “irrationality” of America’s immigration crisis. He gets panicked phone calls, and sees a heightened fear toward police, hospital workers and court officials.

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    What I learned about writing from listening to Fats Domino

    Antoine  Dominique “Fats” Domino Jr., a founding father of rock and roll, has died at the age of 89 at his home near New Orleans. He sang and played piano as the inheritor of a tradition of Crescent City musicians, whose versatility allowed them to embrace jazz, gospel, country, boogie woogie, and the rhythm and blues that would evolve in the 1950s into rock.

    The key to happiness, said the congenial Fat Man, was “to play the blues and drink the booze.”

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    These WNYC engineers brought 300 pounds of radio equipment from Alaska to help a Puerto Rico station

    About a week after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Laura Walker listened in to WNYC for news of an island still without power. 

    It reminded Walker, WNYC's president and CEO, of how essential radio is when the power's out. She saw it herself after 9/11 took down WNYC's transmitter at the top of the World Trade Center, after 2003's blackout and after Hurricane Sandy. 

    Of the five public radio stations in Puerto Rico, only one was operating, and it was at half power.

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    As vigil turned violent, an intern acted on instincts and got the story

    Maura Currie's first field assignment as an intern at Georgia Public Broadcasting was a big one. She was going to be covering a candlelight vigil celebrating the life of Scout Schultz. Then, that vigil turned violent.

    Three days before, Schultz, a Georgia Institute of Technology student who identified as non-binary, called the police and reported someone walking around with a gun on campus. Schultz, who used non-gender pronouns such as singular they, had an unopened pocket knife and was shot and killed by university police. Suicide notes were later found in Schultz's room.

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    After Las Vegas shooting, a Columbine expert offers heartfelt advice about the why of it all

    If I made a list of books that all journalists should read, "Columbine" by Dave Cullen would be near the top. Cullen was at the Colorado high school on the day of the shooting, and he has covered the aftermath for more than 15 years. That experience has lent him a special type of insight on crimes of mass murder, the people who commit them, the folks who investigate them, and the journalists who cover it all.

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    How to tailor your content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

    Posting on social doesn’t mean you should post the same thing on every social platform. Different audiences live on various platforms, and their expectations for types of content, tone and information can be wildly different. 

    Each platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.,) has unique qualities, different strengths and purposes, and a specific best use case. Here's what you should know about content that connects with different audiences:

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