Tips for Covering the economy

Covering the economy? Who isn’t, these days? But it’s not always easy figuring out which business and financial stories to pursue, much less how to make sense of them.   RTNDA is offering assistance.  Here is a notice I got today from them. 

Money Matters can help. This online resource from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation and sponsored by NEFE, the National Endowment for Financial Education, offers story ideas, tipsheets and examples of what other news organizations are doing. We update it several times a week with fresh content that you can put to use immediately. We also provide links to background, online tools, and training opportunities for journalists in all media. We hope you’ll check in often to see what’s new. Please contribute your own suggestions and story examples by adding a comment to any page or by sending us an email.

Earlier this year, The RTNDA Communicator Magazine featured a couple of my ideas.  Here is a link to that:

Advice For The One Man Band – er, Multiplatform Journalist!

One Man Band Reporter Steve Mort offers practical advice for solo reporters
One Man Band Reporter Steve Mort offers practical advice for solo reporters

One of the hottest topics at this week’s Radio-Television News Directors Association convention in Las Vegas is the move toward Multi-platform reporting. While much of the talk in Vegas is preparing journalists for this new reality, Steve Mort is talking practical advice and technique on his new blog, The One Man Band Reporter.

Mort is a journalist, producer, videographer and editor based in Orlando. Among Steve’s pearls, “Shooting a standup is an art in of itself. But shooting your own standup, ie., trying to be in front of and behind the camera at the same time, is challenging. The key is to get the basics right so it doesn’t look/sound woeful – and check the results before packing up and leaving the location.”


Many conference attendees are blogging and tweeting the sessions. Mizzou’s Jen Reeves is bullish on what Facebook offers journalists.

“Facebook is savvy with its product pages. Not only does it give you the opportunity to promote your newsroom’s brand, you can get creative, promote and track the activity on your page.  What’s even better, Facebook has written up how to do it. It’s very smart”, says Reeves in her blog, Jen Reeves – New Media Mind.


News Directors are learning about Twitter for Journalists.   Even panelists have been caught while presenting!


Turnout among News Directors is down this year, but enthusiastic students are filling the void.
Steve Safran noted,

“At the Monday morning session, “Moving Content Across Platforms,” the room was packed – standing room only – and the face of the room was, well, young. I know we often write “I hate to generalize,” but the generalization is apt. The young journalists are investing in themselves. There are far fewer media managers here.”

Hope to post links to some of the presentations, powerpoints, and videos as the week goes on.  Stay tuned!

OTNB Featured on RTNDA.ORG “Best Practices”

rtnda_logo Outside The News Box Featured in RTNDA “Best Practices”
RTNDA picked up part of our series on covering the economy and featured it on their site.

Follow the dominoes
The recession has put lots of people out of work and the layoffs and firings have a ripple effect. For every job lost, there’s likely to be another. Tell the story by following the dominoes.
The suggestion comes from TV news manager Griff Potter…

Here are links to our story ideas for journalists:

OTNB IDEA: Covering the Economy
OTNB Story Idea: One Layoff Leads to Another
OTNB Story Idea: Tough Economy-Find Missing Money
Covering the Economy: Hoarding Gold and Ammo
OTNB Idea: Covering the Economy – “How to Haggle”
OTNB Idea: Covering the Economy – Schools