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    4 ways to aim for the heart of your viewers

    How do you take a collection of facts and tell a story that engages viewers? There are some simple guidelines you can follow to aim for the heart of your viewers:

    Engage their emotions. Television is unique in its ability to teach through emotions and sensory experiences.

    Motivate viewers to watch your story. Consider these angles as you craft stories for your audience: money, family, safety, health and community.

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    9 ways to conquer writer's block

    In the writing process, there will be a time when you get stuck and can't write. It may be anxiety, a boring topic, self-criticism or something else that keep you from getting words on paper (or screen).

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    2 tips when interviewing for audio stories

    The basics of good interviewing apply to an audio story. But there are additional factors for audio narratives, especially if you’re planning to tell the story without the benefit of a reporter or narrator. Here are some tips for producing non-narrated stories:

    Ask the person speaking to say their name and occupation in the form of a sentence. This serves several purposes.

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    5 stories that can be told with alternative story forms

    Standalone alternative story forms (ASF) do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them. Like a standalone photo or graphic, the standalone ASF needs to be a complete story. It might be all the reader will see about the topic, particularly in print media.

    Some opportunities are more ripe for a standalone ASF than others. One editor said that any story assignment that makes reporters roll their eyes is a good candidate for an alternative approach. Here are some stories that can be told with an alternative form.

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    9 questions for your credibility checklist

    When you publish content, whether it's a news story, blog item, tweet or Facebook post, your credibility is at stake. To ensure what you publish is fair, accurate and complete, ask the following questions:

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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.

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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

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    How to tell an audio story without narration

    Standard audio stories have a host introduction, narration, voice tracks and actualities. But you can also use non-narrated pieces, stories that don't include the reporter's voice or storytelling.

 
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