Tips and tools: How to cover a beat

Covering a beat is hard work. It can be time-consuming, confusing to navigate and difficult to balance what you've learned with what your audience understands. But beat reporting is also fun, interesting and rewarding. You will be reporting on dedicated topics and geographic areas this semester, and you have just 15 weeks to make the... Continue Reading →

Coming from Holland PA Will Rockenbach is trying to find out what South Street is all about

Not originally from Philadelphia, Will Rockenbach admitted he might not be an expert on the South Street area, but the sounds, smells and culture; he knew he wanted to be. To this end Will decided why not tackle the area and learn all that he can about it. Making it his beat for the semester... Continue Reading →

How to display

Our very hardworking development team discovered tonight that there is no quick solution to our embed issue. The short version of this story is that stopped supporting the type of site we use, so short of a major upgrade, we can't fix that. But there is a work-around! Step 1 Take a screenshot... Continue Reading →

Tips and tools: Solutions Journalism

Philly is a hub for great stories, but it's also a great place to do innovative reporting. One of those experiments is happening right now at Temple, in the Journalism Department's new solutions journalism class, Covering Addiction. Students are creating long form pieces about addiction and recovery. They're searching for not just for problems and... Continue Reading →

Tips and tools: Web headline writing

How do you write a good web headline? Hint: Don't take notes from the photo above. First, consider everything you've been taught about writing a good newspaper headline and forget it. Second, consider the headlines that make you, as a reader, click on something and read the story all the way through. Since classes are... Continue Reading →

Audio slideshow tips and tools

We're working on audio slideshows over the next two weeks. Below, let's look at some tips and tools to make sure the stories we're producing hit the right note. We'll review some editing tools, but those can be reviewed any time. In my experience teaching for these assignments, the more we focus on reporting methods,... Continue Reading →

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