Orlando Sentinel

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  • Innovation

    Article

    It's time to stop saying 'old media'

    This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms.

    At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, it had been rethought. At all of them, I found newsrooms that were both significantly smaller than they'd once been and significantly more digital.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    The Pulse nightclub shooting taught me to question everything, even what I heard and saw

    It's still hard to believe Orlando is home to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Even six months later, it's surreal to think 49 people were killed at a club I pass every day on my way to work. The shooting changed Central Florida forever and with it, transformed our newsroom and reporters.

    The news was unbelievable. It made no sense. Even veteran journalists were in the same boat as me, someone who graduated from college a little more than a year ago. No one was an expert when it came to covering a mass shooting and ISIS-inspired attack.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    How does journalism shape our response to terrorism? In Orlando, local news was key

    Along with social media, local journalists have a strong influence over community reactions to terrorist attacks, according to a new report analyzing the recent mass shooting in Orlando.

    The report, released today by the nonpartisan think tank New America, examines the changing role of social media and journalism in shaping Americans' response to terrorism.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    For these journalists, veterans of Aurora, Boston and Newtown, the shooting in Orlando felt familiar

    The morning news had ended and overnight crews were preparing to leave when Katy Camp got word that something was happening in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Camp, then the morning executive producer for WVIT in Hartford, produced the first several hours of coverage of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

    Within a year, she moved to Orlando to work at WFTV.

    Early Sunday morning, she got a call from a colleague about a shooting at a gay nightclub and headed into work.

    Camp never thought she'd cover a story like this again.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    Monday's Orlando Sentinel leads with a front-page editorial

    Editors at the Orlando Sentinel had a couple of options for Monday's front page: Offer a traditional treatment with news of the death of 50 in a nightclub shooting early Sunday morning or go with full-page editorial?

    When Todd Stewart, senior editor for multimedia and visuals, left a late afternoon meeting, he thought the answer was a compromise that included the news and some of the editorial. But, he thought, the compromise felt a little soft.

    The front page some 30 hours after the nation's worst mass shooting should make a statement.

  • Storytelling

    Article

    For one journalist, the Orlando nightclub shooting feels all too familiar

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A text woke Charles Minshew up early Sunday morning.

    "Horrible news out of Orlando," a friend from grad school texted at 6:46 a.m.

    Minshew, a multimedia artist at the Orlando Sentinel, was half asleep. Maybe his friend was talking about the Friday shooting of singer Christina Grimmie, he thought.

    He looked online.

    "Oh God," he responded 10 minutes later. "I just saw this."

  • Commentary

    Article

    Here are 81 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

    For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn't passing the final. It isn't acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper.

    The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November informally known as internship application season. Getting professional experience and making contacts through an internship can mean the difference between landing a job or being unemployed after commencement.

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