Mastering Facebook Live — and avoiding amateur hour

If the explosion of notifications on my feed are any indication, journalists are loving Facebook Live. This “real-time” reporting medium offers outstanding opportunities to connect with new audiences and to prove the hard, 24-hour work journalists do everyday. Yes, Periscope has been around for over a year, but there are some specific advantages to using Facebook…

Fair journalism must include diverse voices, now.

Syrian migrants photo courtesy New York Daily News If we journalists ever needed to hear diverse opinions and new perspectives, it would be now. Think about the polarity that our society has been subjected to just this last year — racial divides between African-Americans and law enforcement, religious divides between Christian conservatives and Muslims, racial politics over…

Reporter TV interview training

Does journalism matter?

Last week at the Excellence in Journalism conference, a young reporter asked for my advice about her career. “I’m thinking about whether this job is what I really want to do,” she said, “I’m not sure this is for me anymore.” That floored me, because despite her short two years of experience, this reporter gets…