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Is it possible to balance good storytelling with good journalism?

True crime documentaries such as Serial and HBO series “The Jinx” walk a fine line between entertaining storytelling and journalism. Storytelling aims to be engaging, interesting and often funny or surprising. Miguel Macias argues that maintaining suspense and a level of interest in storytelling is often incompatible with ethical journalism because of the responsibility to […]

15 tips for newsgathering on Twitter

Wall Street Journal social media editor Sarah Marshall offers her advice for reporting via Twitter. Take advantage of lists, including creating your own, following other people’s and examining what lists a person belongs to. Be familiar with Twitter’s Advanced Search feature, as well as how to search by location on Twitter. Use Tweetdeck’s engagement filter […]

Is it unethical to live stream when people’s lives are in danger?

When a building in Manhattan exploded on Thursday, the scene was broadcast on the new Periscope live-streaming app by bystanders, despite the fact that there were two fatalities and 22 injured. As apps such as Periscope and Meerkat make live streaming easier, Fast Company’s Rose Pastore questions whether it’s wrong in the case of tragic […]

2014 Headline Contest winners announced at ACES 2015 Conference

The Los Angeles Times and Omaha World-Herald took home top awards in ACES’ 2014 Headline Contest. Judges praised the cleverness of headlines by both, as well as the clarity and the choice of words. The contest recognizes headline writing in various mediums, from newspapers to social media. Some of our favorites: “Dodger Dog is still […]

Advice on writing short: Choose details, word order and juxtaposition

Roy Peter Clark shares the tips and resources from a SXSW session he planned but couldn’t attend. The tips apply to many forms of writing, whether reporting, tweeting or sending an email. Clark focuses on the choices to be made in three areas — details that form a story, word order and juxtaposition — and […]

Differentiate from being ‘another’ topical reporting site by shifting towards lifestyle

Justin Ellis writes about The Verge’s efforts to become “more than a [another] technology site” in a crowded field. Staff are expanding beyond the one topic (technology) to cover subjects associated with the audience who reads the main content. This expands the site’s reach (and attractiveness to advertisers). Said Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, “Though […]

Good journalism may enrage sources, but it shouldn’t surprise them

In follow-up to its story with NPR about the Red Cross’ flawed response after Superstorm Sandy, which yielded a list of complaints (posted publicly, along with defenses), ProPublica posts a podcast that delves into what to do when sources complain. During the original reporting, the Red Cross provided evidence to rebut certain claims made by […]

Do journalists have a responsibility to share what they see in real time?

Mark Little, founder and director of innovation at Storyful, reflects on the rise of social media use and “a new reality, in which reporters have been dislodged as the ultimate arbiters of our collective understanding of the world.” Writing about the change, Little notes that “the value of journalism is in the management of an […]

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