#10 – Taking old school radio, mobile — WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein shares how

One Washington, D.C., reporter has taken mobile reporting to the extreme. For the past 2-1/2 years, Neal Augenstein of WTOP Radio has done all his field production on one device — his iPhone.

Neal has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. The iPhone presented an obvious advantage to his everyday challenge of filing from the field. The iPhone was lighter than carrying recording equipment and a laptop. It also proved easier to get information to the audience, via Twitter or an audio clip on SoundCloud.

(Photo: WTOP)

The audio quality from the iPhone, Augenstein says, is just about as good as using the standard recording equipment.

In the WTOP Newsroom, you’ll often hear Augenstein coaching interviewees over the phone how to use their iPhone to record the interview he’s about to do. Instead of doing the interview over the phone at his desk, Augenstein takes the moment to teach others how to use their phone as a recording and editing tool. And by doing so, gives them an active role in the piece that will be on the air on WTOP.

Neal also shoots photos and videos on his iPhone. He keeps a blog where journalists can learn more about recording and editing in a mobile format.

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#9 – ONA MJ Bear Fellow Tricia Fulks on taking the freelance leap from print to documentary (Video)

Hollow is an interactive documentary “for the community, by the community” of McDowell County, W.Va.,  a once-prosperous community built on coal. The project is a combination of user-generated videos, video profiles, slideshows and interactive data.

(Photo courtesy of Tricia Fulks)


Tricia Fulks, Hollow’s story director, is a native West Virginian. She says the project is a chance to address the “horrible stereotypes” of West Virginians she sees in the media. By giving video cameras to community members, the project is also a chance for locals to address these stereotypes.

“We really hope to engage them, empower them, [have them] be able to tell their own stories,” she told “It’s All Journalism.”

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#8 – WNYC’s John Keefe on how to find and tell stories with data

The Internet gives us access to data and lots of it. But how can journalists use this information effectively, both in reporting and in storytelling?

WNYC, the local public radio station in New York City, has been creating useful, interactive and pretty nice-looking data visualizations on topics ranging from the prevalence of stop and frisk incidents by neighborhood to elections broken down by geography and demographics to the number of people who use the subway leading up to a Jay-Z concert.

John Keefe, senior editor, data & journalism, WNYC (Photo by Marco Antonio)

It’s All Journalism Producers Jolie Lee and Michael O’Connell talked to John Keefe, who leads the WNYC’s Data News Team.

He shares how he became one of the country’s leading data journalists and what news outlets are using data effectively to enhance their storytelling.

Keefe discusses what went into WNYC’s innovative election coverage, from its 30 Issues in 30 Days examination of the issues behind the 2012 election to Debate Bingo!, an interactive game that allows viewers to play along with the candidates during the 2012 presidential debates.

Keefe also shared this list of resources for those looking to pick up some data skills or searching for new ways to tell stories using data.

Resources for data journalists

Before becoming a data journalist, Keefe led WNYC’s news operation for nine years. Prior to that, he worked at two Wisconsin dailies, Discovery Channel Online and was the president of a digital production company. He’s also a member of the board of directors at the Online News Association.

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#7 – Journalism entrepreneur Dan Oshinsky talks Stry.us and helping fellow reporters

On his blog, Dan Oshinsky describes himself as “a reporter … entrepreneur, lover of start-ups … frequent troublemaker and builder of awesome stuff.”

But his main interest is telling stories.

Dan Oshinsky talks to It’s All Journalism about the two projects he founded, Stry.us and Tools for Reporters.

Oshinsky’s current focus is Stry.us, a start-up that grew out of a reporting project through his work as a Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

Inspired to act

In 2010, Oshinsky was inspired by the stories coming out of Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. He saw this as an opportunity to write the long-form, personal stories he wanted tell. So, he quit his job, packed his cameras and notebooks and headed to Biloxi, Miss.
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