In light of Te’o story, how can we fix sports journalism?

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The spread of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax is only the latest case of journalistic misconduct in the world of sports journalism. How can we fix it? [...]

Journalists Are Getting the Hang of These Twitter Hoaxes

Earlier today, it took less than 20 minutes for journalists to figure out and expose a well-known Twitter prankster’s fake report on the death of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. At one time – not even a few months ago – I’d say it’d be likely this hoax wouldn’t have been caught before lots of [...]

Recommended reading: Investigative social media, new ideas and tools

Sorry it’s been so long, but it’s been crazy busy as TBD’s preparing for the holidays and other events. This’ll be a quick one, just a few links I’ve been reading of late. Have a happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Social media roundup How Investigative Journalism Is Prospering in the Age of Social Media – Great ideas [...]

Uses for Foursquare in news reporting

Aside from all the fun marketing options, Foursquare can be very valuable for reporters, bloggers and other news organizations. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Find a source with ties to a specific location

When you go to a venue’s page on Foursquare, you can see who has recently checked in there and who [...]

Making Twitter Work for Reporting

Despite its reputation, Twitter is not just to tell people what you had for breakfast. Journalists willing to learn the tool well can also use Twitter to:

Monitor the activities and interactions of people you cover Crowdsource stories by asking your followers for ideas or info Quickly find people who witnessed or experienced an event [...]

Need-to-Know Twitter Tips for Journalists

As we’re hiring new staff members for every position from web producers to listings editors and transit reporters, a lot of my job at TBD will be devoted to bringing all those new hires – plus some of our existing staff from News Channel 8 and WJLA – up to speed on social media tools [...]

Today’s news now or yesterday’s news today?

I’ve seen a lot of newsroom culture shifts in my admittedly young career, but the online deadline of now seems to be the biggest gap to cross. Many editors and reporters don’t think there even IS competition anymore. [...]

Kirkland trial coverage shows us why good beat reporting still matters

The court case of Anthony Kirkland is showing us that while Twitter and live blogs and all that are great tools for enhancing the way readers get news, it’s tough to replace the know-how of an experienced beat reporter. [...]

Making enterprise journalism “web reader” friendly

Reporters who want online audiences to appreciate their lengthy watchdog pieces and enterprise journalism should consider writing a bulleted synopsis version to run online, a la Gawker. [...]

Radio Feature: ‘Green Bean Casserole’

Although I was a regular producer for WKSU, my own voice very rarely actually appeared on the radio. Lucky for me, during the holidays I had more opportunity to get a piece of my own on the air. When the Inventor’s Hall of Fame in Akron, OH (in our coverage area) announced it would be [...]

Who’s trying to save journalism this week

A roundup on the latest news in efforts to save newspapers and make money in journalism, including a look at legislation, micropayments vs. subscriptions and research for hire. [...]

Magazine writing/reporting: ‘Harry Potter Goes to College’

This enterprise piece, written in December 2000 and published in the May 2001 issue of The Burr magazine at Kent State University, placed in the 2001 Hearst Awards.

It’s sort of funny looking back, as this was written back before the books were super big – back before the movies were even in production. Now, [...]