A reporter hit by a car during live filming remained stoic; meanwhile, angst-ridden Twitter journalism – Poynter
Last week the world of journalism was abuzz with the story of a woman from the band MMJ who was hit by a car while filming live, but came back to say she was fine and the the same thing had happened to him in college.
However, I was still obsessed with Yorgey’s remark about his previous experience with automatic pediatricians. “Did it happen in college too?” I thought. “Please say, where did you get your degree?”
Penn State, it turns out. Yorgey told Philadelphia magazine that the first incident didn’t happen while she was on a mission, but when she was returning from the library – and she mentioned it on air to calm down the woman who told her. had struck.
I wanted to know how Penn State journalism professors were reacting to this viral clip of one of their recent graduates, so I reached out to Steve Kraycik, director of student television and associate professor at Penn State. He said by email that Penn State is incredibly proud of Yorgey, not only for the way she reacted when the accident happened, but also for the professionalism with which she handled it after the clip. went viral. He called her a great person and an excellent young journalist.
“As you might expect, the on-air incident caused quite a stir…around campus and our media center and it’s great to see how proud everyone is of Tori,” did he declare. “Everyone is relieved that she was not seriously injured and we are all impressed with how she handled the attention, the viral video and the aftermath.”
He said he had always been impressed by Yorgey’s love of hard news and journalism.
“She has such a passion for it and she works really hard,” he said. “We pride ourselves here at Penn State on providing our students with great opportunities and real-world experience and we love seeing someone like Tori succeed in the business. She has a long and successful career ahead of her. »
I also tried to reach Yorgey herself. I didn’t get a response before my deadline, but that’s fine. After all, she was working her last day at the West Virginia train station before returning to Pennsylvania for a new job at a Pittsburgh train station.
The incident raises a variety of issues that we should discuss with our students now: tenacity, safety, responsibility and power. Check out this week’s professor press pass for a curated discussion of the incident and some thoughtful questions for engaging class discussion.
I leave you with one more tweet: “Penn State journalism makes you tough enough not to get hit by a car.”
I thought this was a super interesting read: “It’s time for a new contract between journalists and public contributors: here’s a proposed 11-point code of conduct.” I wonder what your students would think of that. How does the term “public contributor” strike them compared to “source”? Do they see any good points in this trial? Perhaps tell them about the source/journalist relationship and how it has evolved. What obligations do journalists have to make a potential source understand the ramifications of a case, if any?
Thanks to Bill Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University, for flagging this 2021 work, “Roadblocks to Police Accountability.” I hadn’t seen it before!
Created in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, the project description reads in part: “A team of 15 academic journalists investigates cases where misconduct has been swept under the rug. … Student journalists are diverse and come from universities across the country – Stanford, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Washington University, Hampton, Spelman, Baylor, Case Western. Some are television or radio journalists, others are newspaper or website journalists. They collect videos, audio and still photos in addition to creating graphics. »
Here is an additional report.
I’m always interested to hear about student projects like this.
Speaking of police accountability, here’s an upcoming event that your students might be interested in.
“Police Accountability: How to Obtain Hidden Recordings,” presented by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time Monday. Here is the registration link, which also includes information about the speakers. The description reads: “Since the police killing of George Floyd, there has been renewed attention to police misconduct and a growing momentum to hold law enforcement to account. But journalists are struggling to access public records that could be used to reveal police behavior. The results of police disciplinary proceedings across the country are among our nation’s best-kept secrets.
If you’re in student media, are you already profiting from your rivalries? If the answer is no, please look to this success story in North Carolina.
For the fourth year in a row, the Duke Chronicle and the UNC Daily Tar Heel are joining forces in a fundraising challenge to get people to donate money to each student media organization ahead of the big rivalry game between the two. powers of basketball on February 5th. .
Both organizations strongly promote competition online and in print in the weeks leading up to the match. In the past, they have raised over $75,000 in a year, which is not insignificant for student media. “While nonprofit fundraising often hinges on the love supporters feel for an organization, the Rivalry Challenge is also a success due to the deep competition and good-natured animosity between schools located within only nine miles apart,” a statement read.
The Tar Heel won the competition in 2019 and 2020, but Duke took the lead in 2021.
Whoever your rival is in any capacity, I implore you to pick up the phone and call them. Any rivalry competition, no matter the size of your school or the nature of your rivalry, could be explored for potential fundraising.
- More than 100 student body presidents have signed a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris asking them to cancel all federal student loan debt. Is your student government leader on the list?
- NBCU Academy – a journalism training and development program to prepare students for a career in the information technology and media industry and to help professional journalists learn new skills – announced 13 new partnerships academics. You can see the list of schools here. The organizers told me that the best way for interested schools to keep up to date with future opportunities is to subscribe to “The Weekly Rundown” newsletter.
Last week, my colleagues launched MediaWise en Español to help the Spanish-speaking community separate fact from fiction online and find trusted sources. The session is based on our highly successful Fact-Checking Workshops (offered to some of you by Campus Correspondents) as part of MediaWise’s ongoing efforts to help people of different generations tell fact from fiction by line.
If you work with Latino communities or students, here are some free resources:
- Quick courses on WhatsApp
- A self-directed online course
- A series of informative YouTube videos featuring our new MediaWise Ambassadors and internationally acclaimed journalists José Díaz-Balart and Julio Vaqueiro
Rachel Layne, who describes herself as a “journalist/editor/writer/instructor at Emerson College,” told me last week that she helps students prepare for interviews, focus on follow-up questions and to overcome nervousness.
For an interview, consider:
- Write down five or six key words to stimulate your memory on topics at a glance during the interview
- Don’t be afraid to go off your list of questions and topics to follow the conversation.
- You can ask the interviewee for a moment while you review your questions.
- Remember to listen – silence is your friend – interviewees want to fill the space.
- To do. Your. To research. Before. The. Interview.
- Be polite and respectful — to everyone.
- Ask short questions. Subject verb Object.
Follow-up questions that may be useful (limit them to five words):
- How do you know that?
- Why do you say that?
- Who else knows about this?
- Are there any documents to see?
- How can I get them?
- Where did it happen?
- When did it happen?
- What am I not asking (that is important or that people miss on the subject)?
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Last week marked the start of our series examining the role of sports and sports journalism in student newsrooms. From the first article: “Sports journalism is much more than sport, and student publications must recognize this. Only by fully integrating sports can college newsrooms cover athletics to its full potential.
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