Skills

Section 2 Skills for the Multimedia Journalist is divided into chapters covering writing for the web, audio and podcasting, video and investigative reporting. Each chapter includes interviews with working journalists from Future Publishing, the BBC and the Daily Telegraph.

3 Writing for the Web

Introduction
Objectives
Interacting with Text
Snacking on Content
Making Copy Scannable
Preparing to Cover Breaking News
The Importance of a Great Intro
Giving Your Copy Pace
Examples: Keeping It Short
Giving Your Copy Impact
Interviewing: the Art of Listening
The Seven Enemies of Good Writing
Writing Headlines and the Rise of SEO
Example: Headlines from BBC Surrey
Keep Your Opinions to Yourself
Types of Online Writing
Interview: Paul Douglas, Editor, TechRadar.com, Future Publishing
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading

4 Telling the Story with Images

Introduction
Objectives
How Images Work with Text
Composition
Things to Avoid
The Art of Good Caption Writing
Q&A: Sue Steward, Former Daily Telegraph and Observer Picture Editor
Editing Photographs
Displaying Your Images Online: Creating a Slideshow
How Images Can Be Used to Deceive
Using the Images of Others
Infographics
Using Maps
Cartoons
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading

5 Using Audio and Podcasts

Introduction
Objectives
Audio Journalism
Audio in a Converged World
A Short History of Audio News
Podcasting
Making an Audio Package
Tips for Writing for Audio
Interviewing for Audio Packages
Recording Digital Audio
Digital Audio Recorders (DARs)
Editing Your Audio Using Audacity
Tips for Editing
Interview: Sutish Sharma, Experienced Radio Reporter
Interview: Chris Ledgard, BBC Producer
Uploading Audio to the Web
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading

6 Working with Video

Introduction
Objectives
Video Journalism for Online
How Newspapers Use Video
Finding the Story
Write to Pictures
Creating Packages with Different Lengths
Interview: Kurt Barling, BBC London Reporter
Learn to Really See
Signposting
Choosing a Video Camera
Capturing Good Video
Editing Sound
Graphics
Uploading Video to the Web
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading

7 Doing Investigative Reporting

Introduction
Objectives
Investigative Skills
A Short History of Investigative Journalism
Phone Hacking
WikiLeaks
The Death of Investigative Journalism?
Key Concepts
Methods
The Importance of Research
Undercover Reporting
Freedom of Information
Sources and Whistle-blowers
Computer-assisted Reporting
New Investigative Journalism Models
Summary
Exercises
Further Reading