A Vietnam Newseum exhibit, Snapchat is hiring, how not to be boring, and exciting news from Bill Murray: this week’s Fresh Powder Report
Just in time for Memorial Day, “Reporting Vietnam” opened in the Newseum last weekend, and will be on display through early September. Honoring the 50-year anniversary of America’s first televised war, this display has images, audio, and press coverage from the war, and takes a good look at the media’s involvement with it.
Snapchat…as a career:
On the subject of press coverage, let’s talk about the fact that Snapchat is currently hiring journalists to cover the 2016 presidential race; this is clearly a very media-heavy assignment. Not only will the journalists hired for the job be responsible for compiling original photos and videos, but they will also be in charge of selecting the videos and photos that end up in the “Our Story” page dedicated to the election.
Full of stories:
If you’ve been looking for the place where social media and news coverage intersect, it’s probably called Storyful. They verify content, identify trends, and make it easy for you to incorporate their content into your own news coverage.
How to give a good interview:
Trouble finding the perfect interviewing technique? St. Paul Pioneer Press alum Jacqui Banaszynski gives you 7 tips to help you master interviewing— her biggest piece of advice? “Don’t be boring.”
Click my tweets:
So, your publication uses Twitter, and you’re using it frequently enough, but people don’t seem to be interacting with your content. Here’s how to fix that: Neil Patel explains the difference between a regular tweet and and a clickable tweet, how the latter is much more effective, and how to get your Twitter clickthrough rate up to where you want it to be.
Copyediting for the non-copyeditors:
Reporters do what reporters do best: research, interview, write, tell a story. Copyeditors are responsible for correcting errors in grammar and style. But every newsroom is different, and sometimes reporters have to do a bit of copyediting as well. Here’s a quick guide on copywriting for reporters. It includes the basics, some external resources, and enough to get you started on really proofreading your own work. May your reporters never use “your” in place of “you’re” again.
Pinning, but NOT on Pinterest:
Have you tried “Pinning” a Tweet, or a Facebook post, so it always appears first?Here’s an easy guide on how to make your most important posts your most noticeable.
These things also happened this week:
+ Are you a Bill Murray fan? (That was a rhetorical question; everyone is a Bill Murray fan.) Netflix is set to release “A Very Murray Christmas,” a sure-to-be magical Christmas special written and directed by Sophia Coppola.
+ John Stewart wants to help Iraq veterans get into showbiz; he has scheduled a five-week boot camp for vets looking to get into the entertainment industry.
+ It’s summer: the season of good weather, beach days, barbecues, and, of course, binge-watching all of those shows you didn’t have time to watch during the school year. Here’s a list of six new TV shows premiering this summer. And yes, True Detective Season 2 is among them. You’re about to enter the Carcosa.