From here and there: Intimacy with your subjects, sports media women cheering on each other, video tips and tools

How to get close and create intimacy with your subjects

Poynter’s most recent podcast is about getting access and creating intimacy with the subjects of your stories.

Poynter’s weekly podcast, WriteLane, features Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times and a frequent guest faculty member at Poynter, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is on craft. Listen to the podcast here. 


How women in sports media are cheering each other on

By Jennifer Peters, News Media Alliance

Women in sports are rarely given the same kind of press as their male counterparts. Can you recall the last time you saw the WNBA get coverage in your regular newspaper? Do you remember ever seeing women’s college sports get the kind of wall-to-wall airtime as men’s March Madness? Have you seen reporters cramming into the press box for a women’s professional soccer match because there’s so much press interest they can’t all fit? Chances are, your answers to those questions are “no.”

Just as unlikely: seeing a female sports reporter. According to the 2017 Women In Media report from the Women’s Media Center, women only had 11.4 percent of the sports story bylines last year — and that was up from 10 percent the previous year. Yet women make up a huge percentage of sports fans — 51 percent of women are sports fans, and they make up about 35 percent of each sport’s fanbase. So why aren’t there more women covering athletics? [Full story]


Live video tips and tools

Live video needs proper preparation and planning to ensure your broadcast is successful. Here are some elements to consider before you go live:

1. Data or Wi-Fi?

If you’re using a mobile app like Cinamaker or Switcher Studio to create a multi-angle broadcast, you’ll most likely need a strong Wi-Fi connection to link your phones. Every app we tried required Wi-Fi to sync multiple devices; none worked on data. Bring a portable hotspot just in case. If you’re using professional cameras, use hardwired Ethernet to guarantee an uninterrupted broadcast. [Full story: Reynolds Journalism Institute/Kat Duncan]

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