Writing and Reporting for Digital Media

Author(s): Raul Reis, KATHERINE V. MACMILLIN, Michael Scott Sheerin

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2016

Pages: 246


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One of the effects of digital technologies in our lives has been to speed up the pace of everything—from the way we communicate with each other to the way we receive and process news. This sense of speed, urgency and immediacy, which was always part of news production, has been taken almost to an extreme by digital communication.

It’s no longer enough to get the facts or to be a great reporter and writer. There are new demands in the digital world that leave so many aspiring journalists feeling overwhelmed and unprepared!

Writing and Reporting for Digital Media proves that as a journalist-in-training, many skills that students already possess can be re-directed into more professional and organized applications.

Writing and Reporting for Digital Media prepares students to:

  • Develop the basic skills for reporting and writing for digital media
  • Use digital technologies, as they relate to news gathering and multimedia production
  • Develop storytelling skills as they relate to digital imaging, data visualization, and web-delivery applications
  • Gather accurate and thorough information for news stories for print and electronic formats
  • Conduct interviews in a professional and unbiased way
  • Be an effective news reporter, including the basics of daily beat coverage

Compelling news stories and profiles, tips, and suggestions from reporters and media professionals give real-world insight into the life of a journalist.

CHAPTER 1 Basics of Newswriting
What Makes the News News?
Is It Different for Digital Media?
Writing and Presenting Your Story
The Lede
The Inverted Pyramid
Good Writing
Profile of a Multimedia Journalist

CHAPTER 2 Basics of Reporting: Story Ideas, Covering the News, Finding Online Sources
Finding the Story
What Defines Today’s Journalist?
Informing Your Audience 24/7
Text, Tweet, Post and Email
Videos and Photo Galleries
Using Social Media
Database Mining
Getting the Right Database

CHAPTER 3 Beat Coverage: Types of Beats, Cultivating Sources, Finding the Stories, Breaking News, General Assignments, Using Electronic Resources in Your Beat
Finding the Stories
Policemen Are Great Sources
Be Everywhere in Your Community/Get Known for Caring
Not Every Good Story Is a Serious Crime Story
Finding the Right Angle
Honor Your Relationships
Mining Your Sources
Drawing the Line between Being a Friend and a Professional
Be Suspicious
Starting Fresh in a New Town
When People Know You Really Care, They Open Up
Don’t Take “No” for an Answer
Never Leave a Meeting Without a Name
Get the Cell Numbers of City Officials
Public Records Tell the Stories
The Court House Is Your Friend
Public Records Led Green to Uncover a Big Story on Her North Miami Beat

CHAPTER 4 Background Research: Finding Documents, Data Searching, Working with Electronic Sources
Online Searches
Background Searches
Seeeeeeerious Background Information
Public Records
Finding Sources

CHAPTER 5 Interviewing: Preparing the Groundwork, Background Work for Interviews, Interviewing Techniques
What About It?
Before, During and After
It’s Always One Angle Only
Respect Is Extremely Important
Aggressive, Tough Interviews
Turning a Question on Its Head
Interviewing Politicians
Mike Wallace: CBS Legend
Sensitive Interviews with Citizens, Not Politicians

CHAPTER 6 Writing News: Making Sense of Gathered Information, Finding the Focus, Writing Techniques
Joan Chrissos’ Writing Techniques
Finding the Focus
What’s the Point?
Making Sense of Your Information
Give Me Details
Finding the Right Words
Nadege Green

CHAPTER 7 Writing for Traditional Media and Digital Media: Transmedia Storytelling
Comparisons in Transmedia Storytelling
Pointers for Writing for Broadcasting (Radio, Podcasting and TV)
Web Writing
Social Media
Live News Writing
Current State of Affairs
Tools of the Trade
Developing Trends in Digital Storytelling

CHAPTER 8 Making the Best of Multimedia: The Blogosphere
Notes from the Field
History of Blogging
Current State of Affairs
Tools of the Trade
Developing Trends in the Blogosphere

CHAPTER 9 Making the Best of Multimedia: Digital Photography
Notes from the Field
History of Digital Photography
Current State of Affairs
Tools of the Trade
Developing Trends in Digital Photography

CHAPTER 10 Making the Best of Multimedia: Web Site Design and Development
Notes from the Field
History of Web Design
Current State of Affairs
Tools of the Trade
Developing Trends in Web Design

CHAPTER 11 Outlawing Online
Absolute Libertarianism
Hacktivists versus Monopolists
Cybersecurity in Freedom?
Beyond National Security
The Responsibility Defense


Raul Reis

Dr. Raul Reis is as dean of the School of Communication and professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College.  Previously, he was the dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. Prior to FIU, he was a professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at California State University Long Beach, where he also served as department chair.

A native of Brazil, Reis holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oregon. He worked for many years as a reporter and editor in Brazil and in the United States. He embraced new digital media technologies in the late 1990s, making them a significant part of his teaching and research.

Reis has published extensively in academic journals and books on topics such as the digital media revolution, impact of mass media on traditional communities, journalism education, and science and the environment. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Science Communication, World Communication Journal, Environmental Communication and the Journal of Intercultural Communication, among others.

He's co-authored Mass Communication: Producers and Consumers and Writing & Reporting for Digital Media through Kendall Hunt Publishing.


Katherine MacMillin is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Florida International University (FIU). A 40-year TV veteran, she began her career with Westinghouse Broadcasting as a film editor in their WBZ-TV news department. She later worked as a producer, writer and director in New York City and Chicago for cable, network and public television. In 2014, she produced the award-winning documentary South Florida’s Rising Seas, which aired on WPBT2, with an abbreviated version airing on the PBS NewsHour. The 2012-2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant was awarded to MacMillin and three other SJMC colleagues to conduct community-engaged journalism about the threats of sea-level rise in South Florida. As part of this challenge, MacMillin became the executive producer of South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact, a student-produced documentary. Prior to her research on sea-level rise, MacMillin worked in another area of grave interest to South Floridians—HIV/AIDS. In 2009, she co-executive produced the documentary Lessons from South Africa and the student-produced Web series The Stigma Stops with Me. This two-year AIDS initiative culminated in a one-hour TV special, Tell Somebody: The New Face of AIDS. MacMillin has a B.A. from Boston University and a master’s degree in English Literature from Simmons College in Boston.

Michael Scott Sheerin

Michael Scott Sheerin is the associate dean of graduate programs and research, the director of SJMC Online, and an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Florida International University (FIU). He has worked as a professional in the broadcast and new media industry for over 20 years as a designer, animator, art director, creative director, commercial director and producer for such clients as ABC, U.S. Armed Forces, DirecTV, J. Walter Thompson, Discovery and Nickelodeon. He also has developed interactive TV prototypes for Disney. His research topics include media convergence, online learning, digital studies and the state of the post-production industry. He has written for Post magazine and published works on the history of TV and on the field of digital photography and imaging. He has received numerous awards for his fine art photography and won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s national contest for Best Web Design for his design of the SJMC website. He has taught online and web-assisted courses at both FIU and the Art Institute Online since 2001, and continues to bring real-life experiences to the classroom.

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