Smarter(7): A list for journalism students

National Geographic: 2013 Year in Review. Elise Hu: Tomorrow’s metric for news is action. Michael Wolff: Even the New York Times can’t resist going lowbrow with native advertising.

The story you don’t expect is a better story

As a counterpoint to my April 29 post, in which I criticized a much-lauded photojournalism story hosted by, I’d like to praise a different photojournalism story, also at Common Ground, by Scott Strazzante. My student Travis… Read More

Sad and tragic stories, and photojournalism

I don’t want to start an argument, but I do want to see a discussion. Yesterday while grading some critiques by students, I watched Jessica Dimmock’s three-year project, The Ninth Floor. It’s not the first time I’ve watched… Read More

RGMP: Ahora en español!

Thanks to María Elena Brizuela, a journalist and journalism educator based in Córdoba, Argentina, the Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency has been translated into Spanish. Muchas gracias, Elena! UPDATED! This is now the complete 15-post version (Sept. 8,… Read More

Visual storytelling tips

I just found this excellent 24-slide tutorial on Slideshare. It’s really about how to think about telling a story with pictures, so the title “Storyboarding” is misleading. But there’s some nice stuff in it, especially if you’re teaching… Read More

RGMP 11: Tell a good story with images and sound

(Updated Thursday, March 19, 10 a.m.) I was going to title this “Produce a feature story with Soundslides, using an interview and natural sound,” but that seemed a tad too long. Besides, it doesn’t necessarily require the Soundslides… Read More

RGMP 10: Learn to use Soundslides

This is the 10th post in a series titled “Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency.” In the ninth post, I explained how to think about managing the photos you add to your blog posts, including the advantages of photo-sharing… Read More