Multimedia stories aren’t add-ons

The digital world offers so many opportunities to tell stories solely in digital form. To do this effectively, reporters and editors should think in advance of the best ways to tell the story. Ideas for multimedia storytelling should be generated at the outset of story planning, not after a story is written. Think of multimedia […]

Have fun — and keep up to date, too

“Keep yourself up to date.” Right. What does that mean, and how do you do it? It means trying to learn something new, or add to your skills, all the time. It can be big (taking a class) or small (carrying your camera with you for a week and shooting something every day to get […]

Working together takes effort: Video

Working together is something that should come naturally to journalists because we know how much coordination and communication — with sources, for example — goes into just one story being published. And that’s only what happens outside the newsroom. Now consider the interactions inside: Personal styles Personal relationships Misunderstandings Miscommunication Good of the whole Self-centeredness […]

USDA’s new dinner plate is here

UPDATE: The dinner plate has been unveiled, replacing the familiar food pyramid. Check it out here. ORIGINAL POST: So the food pyramid is out and the dinner plate is in. On Thursday, the Obama administration will unveil a new way to look at healthy eating. The reason for the change, according to a story in […]

New food ‘pyramid’ coming Thursday

So the food pyramid is out and the dinner plate is in. On Thursday, the Obama administration will unveil a new way to look at healthy eating. The reason for the change, according to a story in today’s New York Times: “The pyramid … was derided by nutritionists as too confusing and deeply flawed because […]

Molly drug user — an ethical issue

You never know when an ethical issue will confront you. This week, as I finished work with students in my advanced editing class — on a semester-long, online project about the Molly drug — it happened. The issue arose with a video, “Molly — a Student User,” that was produced by two of the students, […]