Getting the most from mobile phone photography

MDDC Press Association has released a webinar about digital photography on You Tube.
Part of the Into the Newsroom Series, it is a recording of the session "Digital Photography on the Go," originally aired July 15. The session includes tips on mobile phone photography.
Access to recording by clicking here.


Reporting on coronavirus vaccines: 5 tips to help journalists inject audiences with the facts

To help reporters make sense of what’s known and yet to be learned about COVID-19 vaccines, Journalist’s Resource asked for insights from several people with expertise studying or reporting on vaccines: Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the academic journal JAMA; Helen Branswell, senior infectious diseases and global health reporter for the online news outlet STAT; Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Zachary Brennan, a reporter with POLITICO Pro with years of

Journalists’ guide to COVID data

Journalists reporting on COVID, however, have a particular obligation to understand the data, to add context and to acknowledge uncertainty when reporting the numbers.
This guide to common COVID metrics is designed to help journalists know how each data point is calculated, what it means and, importantly, what it doesn’t mean.

NAM, Metro release new set of free Newspaper Power ads

Through the Relevance Project, Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) and Metro Creative Graphics are delivering the first in a series of free house ads focusing on advertising categories where research confirms strong results for newspaper advertisers.
NAM members can adapt the campaign in their sales pitches to local advertisers. The initial set of five categories is based on data supplied by Coda Ventures, which has worked with NAM members to provide readership studies. 
The promotions were created by Metro Creative Graphics as part of The Relevance Project.

SPJ's Journalist Toolbox gets an upgrade

The Society of Professional Journalists has redesigned the Journalist's Toolbox page on its website.
In addition to more than 350 links to COVID-19 articles and resources, the page also includes resources on topics such as public records, the U.S. Census, transcription tools, fact checking and more.
There's a virtual tour to help users get acquainted with the new design.
To check it out, click here.

Metro, NAM release free post-pandemic house ad graphics

Newspaper Association Managers announced an ongoing partnership with Metro Creative Graphics, Inc. through its Relevance Project.
The first initiative of this collaboration is the roll-out of the “All Together Now” campaign centered on business recovery and reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical role of newspaper journalism during the public health crisis. The ads are available to TPA member newspapers free of charge.
Use the links below to download the free art, which can be adapted to suit your newspaper.

Citizen's guide to recording police

In response to the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, NYU’s First Amendment Watch has published a guide informing citizens of their right to record the police in public places.
Many millions of people now have the capability to document news in a way that only journalists and film crews could do in the past, and the videos they capture have played an important role in shedding light on police misconduct.  

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, but it may have to wait 14 days

Since Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for COVID-19 in early March, more than 90 municipalities, school districts and other governmental bodies have posted “Catastrophe Notices” under the Texas Public Information Act (PIA). Posting a Catastrophe Notice allows a governmental body that is being impacted by a “catastrophe” to suspend requirements of the PIA for up to two weeks.