Category Archive: Class Notes

Class Notes: Finding Characters for Stories

Find memorable characters The best characters in a story are colorful, outgoing, opinionated and lively You should know how to tell big stories through strong characters Tell complex stories through strong characters who… Continue reading

Class Notes: Beats/Finding focus in stories

What’s in a Beat? Sustainable for a semester Must allow you to report Must offer opportunities for photos, video, data, reporting and more Interests you, does not bore you Local, proximity is close… Continue reading

Class Notes: Jobs, Resumes, Self-Marketing

Take Advantage of Your Surroundings Before jobs come internships and before internships comes on-campus experience; school paper, school websites, school magazine, school radio station, school TV. Get my drift? Many internships look for… Continue reading

Class Notes: Social Media 101

Using Social Media in Journalism Collaborative Reporting Journalists as Community Managers The Social Beat The Social Network as the New Editor A Social Newsroom and the Personal Brand A Mobile Social Experience  … Continue reading

Class Notes: Hyperlocal Journalism

Elements of Hyperlocal Coverage All news outlets should aim to cover the basics, because the basics are filled with good stories that people care about:  •Education •Crime, fire, disaster •Government and politics •Sports… Continue reading

Class Notes: Managing News as Conversation

News as a Conversation Benefit of social media ( Facebook and twitter = open audience for user engagement; Allows reporters/editors to cover beats better Future for brighter news convos (Technology is getting better,… Continue reading

Class Notes: Infographics and Data-Driven Journalism

Infographics Graphics that use digital representations of information, data or knowledge. Infographics can make information more accessible, more enjoyable, easier to understand, can be incredibly viral, have potential to drive traffic and generate… Continue reading

Class Notes: Telling Stories with Video

Benefits of Audio Reporting Presence: A reporter can bring readers to the scene. Being there boosts credibility. Emotions: Tone of voice, expressions, pauses… all help to enhance a message. Atmosphere: Natural sound –… Continue reading

Class Notes: Mobile Journalism

Mobile Journalism Takeaways Plenty of devices and apps to make jobs easier Think mobile first when you’re out in the field Become familiar with as many tools as you can, even if you… Continue reading

Class Notes: Digital Photography

Digital Photography Digital allows as many photos as your memory card can handle, often hundreds Ability to analyze photos immediately Smartphones and laptops Digital Photo Basics Read the manual and understand the machine… Continue reading