Find your focus, already!

Have you ever watched a television news story or read something in print or online and wondered afterwards what on earth it was about? It happens all too often when stories have no focus. Reporters who spend much of their day collecting information, pictures and sound seem to feel obliged to cram as much as they possibly can into their minute-thirty or less. The end result can be fuzzy at best, and at worst, almost incomprehensible.

Try these suggestions from NewsLab for finding a focus for your stories as you’re reporting, and before you start to write. If they help, please let us know.

RTDNA Murrow Awards Honor 59 News Organizations

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2010
Contact: Stacey Staniak, staceys@rtdna.orgWASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The awards honor excellence in electronic journalism.NBC News earned five Murrow awards, including the award for Overall Excellence in the network television grouping. NBC also won Murrows for Best Newscast, Breaking News, Writing and Hard News Reporting.

CBS News earned four Murrow Awards in the network television grouping this year, including two for “60 Minutes,” (Feature Reporting and Investigative Reporting) and two for CBS News (News Documentary and News Series.)

For the first time in 2010 RTDNA honored audio and video news produced exclusively for online news organizations. The Associated Press won every award presented to an online news organization with a national audience, including the award for News Series with the entry, “Marine’s Diary,” an interactive, three-part video essay. took the award for network television website. Continue reading “RTDNA Murrow Awards Honor 59 News Organizations”