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Welcome to 2022!

First, sincere and sincere thanks to the people who took the survey before the break. I have read every word and found your insight to be very helpful. I am committed to applying the data collected to create a better newsletter for you!

I want to get all the news live, but here’s my latest report for those looking for some resources to finish preparing the Spring Course Outline (because we suspect that maybe, maybe, maybe… the students don’t really read the syllabus).

Well, the Twitter press was on fire This Tweet. It makes an interesting point – when it comes to writing, what did he learn about interview recording, but also structure, speed, and accuracy? Do your students distinguish a difference in their writing when they use a recorded interview versus writing notes? I know my stories can get a bit of a transition between citation, citation, and transition, when I rely so heavily on recording. Finally, do they know about Otter.ai (with free and paid version)? Does your school offer any kind of bulk purchase for this very useful tool?

My colleague Al Tompkins put out 10-day columns on promoting broadcast writing. You can read summaries of all 10 here and click on any of them that may be useful. (And although it was written specifically for broadcasts, I found it useful and useful to all journalists – see more on this below.)

For the FOIA geeks among us (myself included), here’s Frank Lomonte’s latest: “Copyright vs. the Right to Copy: The Civil Danger of Allowing Intellectual Property Law to Override a State’s Freedom of Information Act.”

This came out in December but I missed: “When professors abuse students – classroom standards change. Where is the line and who decides?”

Oh ff. “Howard, Spelman Among HBCU Campuses Targeted in Bomb Threats.”

I am always ready to hear presentations from professors, advisors, and students on the most pressing issues facing journalism in higher education. Here are two such pieces that were shown last week.

This week, we feature The Buffalo News in Buffalo, New York, which is looking to “report interns for a 10-week paid internship in Summer 2022. This is a unique opportunity for enthusiastic students or early-career journalists to gain hands-on frontline experience from Working in one of the most exciting markets in New York State. The position provides a rigorous learning experience and in-depth exposure to the field of daily journalism. We treat our interns as fully-fledged journalists and expect them to end the summer with segments, including front page segments, they are proud of.”

See all our listings here.


With misinformation about the January 6 rebellion still spreading even a year after the attack, here’s a handy TikTok from the MediaWise team that you can show your classes to help them spot online lies.

Al Tompkins, Poynter’s senior faculty member, shows students how to operate a drone. (photo courtesy)

I’m going to cheat this week in this section, where we’ll feature a journalism guru’s tip, trick, hack, technique, tip, assignment, recipe… I’m adding this after reading the survey notes (but I didn’t react fast enough to draw one of you for this week’s newsletter).

As I noted above, Poynter Senior Faculty Al Tompkins has written 10 different pieces designed to help broadcasters enhance their writing.

If you’ve been lucky enough to see Al in action, you know he’s a great teacher. Here is one of his tips from “To tell stronger stories, use objective copy and non-objective voice” that really resonated with me:

“Look carefully at those audio clips. What do you notice? None of the bites contain facts. They are opinions, emotions, and observations from the people closest to the story. No one can say what those said with the same credibility. Be careful, though: Don’t fall for In love with a sound bite. If it doesn’t relate to the main meaning of the story, drop it. Focus matters more than just a sound bite.”

(If you would like to appear in this section, please email me at ballen@poynter.org. Get ready to send me your publicity, photo, and related links.)

The Lead will return to the inbox later in January, but editor Taylor Blatchford is Search for orders For the year 2022 of student journalists. Do you or one of your students have a great story with useful information for the classroom or student media that you’d like to share? Click the link for information on how to submit your idea.

Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. I can see this from my place! (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

I’m in LA for the coming weeks, so if you’re a professor in LA or a school nearby LA, let me know and maybe I can come visit your campus! (Assuming we end up on campus this semester. Shame!)

If you can’t get me out to visit, just use this lesson from Internet. NSFW or kids, but grammar nerds will definitely give us a chuckle.

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