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A hurricane reporter shares his best advice: Remember baby wipes and four other tips

A hurricane reporter shares his best advice: Remember baby wipes and four other tips

 

News on weather and extreme weather conditions interest people more than ever, and the Miami Herald notices. Even stories on the popularity of weather news attracts online readers. I will come back to this later.

Man made Star Island in Miami Beach. Irma left behind piles of fallen palm tree leaves. 

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Future subscribers will love you — (Almost) all you need is a newsletter!

Future subscribers will love you — (Almost) all you need is a newsletter!

I have got some good news for the depressed publishers around the world. Try a newsletter, there’s nothing to lose — you’ll most likely attract subscribers to your media.

Think, paying subscribers! And with relatively little effort! This was the message the Star Tribune editors told us.

Newsletter have been on trend before. For example Politico started sending them already about a decade ago.

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Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

It’s hard to imagine one newsroom that hasn’t incorporated Facebook as one of the main working tools nowadays. The outlets use it on a minute-to-minute basis to gather news, amplify the stories’ reach on the internet, interact with the audience and do live videos. Why not try using it as a main channel for themed stories, too?

 

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From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

Earlier this week in the small town of Tracy, Minn. local residents asked questions - and the WPI fellows answered. The meeting was held in the style of a traditional press conference, with all 10 fellows sitting side by side along a long table, taking turns addressing the audience. 

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Trump supporters, speak out!

Writing for The New York Times’ behind-the-scenes column Times Insider last week, reporter Sarah Maslin Nir shared the challenges she faces when trying to get a Donald Trump’s supporter to talk to her for a story. The newspaper’s critical approach to the presidency has gotten it included on the group of outlets that Trump has labeled “fake news media”. On his official Twitter account, he calls it the “failing New York Times.” Most of his loyal audience, thus, agree with his view that the paper and other mainstream media are working to serve as an obstacle for his mandate.  

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Don’t worry, you’ll be OK: Three first impressions of a WPI journalist fellow

Don’t worry, you’ll be OK: Three first impressions of a WPI journalist fellow

Have you ever heard of this? Let’s put 10 journalists from all over the world in a van, and let them drive around in the United States. Give them an assignment to figure out how the business of journalism is doing at “times like this”.

This is only a starting point, and it is happening here, right now. And you, our friend, old or new - are welcome to follow this journey!

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From the Voice to VICE - a short history of VICE MEDIA

It is one of the most unusal success stories in the media business within the last two decades. What started in 1994 as a small printed punk magazine in Montreal has become a multi platform media corporation known as VICE media. Today the company has 1500 employees worldwide and an estimated value between 2.5 and 4 billion US Dollars.

Before we travel back in time let's watch this video to get a feeling for their journalism branch named VICE NEWS and their way of working. 

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Free Smartphone Video Tutorials

Within the last couple of years mobile devices have become so powerful, that you can not only shoot but also edit video footage with them. As a journalist it is good to be aware of the marvelous tool you have got in your pocket. To show you some possibilities when shooting video, here are a few tutorials I did on my Youtube Channel.

The first one shows five basic tricks for shooting video in a talking head situation. You can also learn some german here. No worries, it is subtitled:

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The First Amendment, the Freedom of the Press and you

The First Amendment, the Freedom of the Press and you
"Government shall make no law (…) abridging the freedom of speech or of the press". It is the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights from 1791 that manifests this fundamental freedom for the United States States of America - by that time a young democracy aged 15 years. As you may know a freedom as such never comes for free. In many parts of the world our ancestors had to fight for this freedom at some time. In far too many countries the people still have to fight for it. Often they pay the highest price you can imagine. They pay with their lives. And even if other countries have already achieved this fundamental freedom, you can never be sure that it is going to last forever. Freedom is not for free. There is a price we have to pay. At least pay some attention.

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