Steve Saldivar

The 3 Things All Journalists Do Now

Steve Saldivar

Monica Guzman - Journalism and the Self-Informing Public

  • Rethink our mission: Informing a self-informing public is no longer enough. 
  • Rethink our audience: Morgan Jones started a Reddit page to cover the Aurora shooting.
  • Rethinking Ourselves: 
    • We Guide: Link to good information, even if it's not your stuff. Even if it's your competitor.
    • We Model: We're on platforms like everyone else but we're different. We practice good information discipline. 
    • We Help Convene/Join: Our work begins when we publish. Our readers react, respond, share and breathe more life into our stories. We listen. 
  • Cultivating strong self-informing communities is itself an act of journalism. This doesn't even necessarily mean writing a story. 
  • The best way to brand yourself is to be out there and be amazing. 
  • Rethink our Ethics: What's our responsibility now? 
  • Graduate school? :  "They can't teach you the psychology of messing up. Of being humiliated. Of making lots of mistakes. Ugh." 

The Video Interview vs The Audio Interview

Steve Saldivar

The audio interview (where I record my subject using a Marantz or my trusty H4 Zoom) has some big advantages over the video interview. Most people (especially if they're not used to being interviewed) have a deer-in-the-headlights look when you turn on the camera. Not usually the case with your audio equipment. 

I've found my audio interviews get me closer to my subject (both literally and figuratively,) and usually get better stories. The entire set up is very intimate. Our knees almost touch. The subject doesn't feel conscious about how they look and, therefore, can be more relaxed. The problem with video interviews, as Mediastorm's Brian Storm says, is "the amount of technology between you and your subject." Without the element of video, it's like you're having a different discussion. Storm and producer Tim McLaughlin discuss some of these advantages in their Audio Interview Basic video. 

Crowdsourcing for Journalism: Verify, Verify, Verify

Steve Saldivar

Using social media to help augment your reporting is increasingly becoming a big part of a journalist's work. All journalists in tomorrow's newsroom should be able to search, find, and verify information shared on social media platforms. And yet it's a skill lacking in many newsrooms today. 

Mandy Jenkinks, formerly Managing Editor at Digital First Thunderdome, offers practical ways and key tools to help you. 

  • Identify in Firefox or Falcon in Chrome can help you look at a user's past. 
  • Use "All My Tweets" to look at someone's tweet history. How extensive is it?
  • TinEye can help you find out where else the image lives online. 
  • Has the image been edited? FotoForensics is a good starting place.