editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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Entries Tagged as 'Breaking News'

Are you setting yourself up for a “beat”down?

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments

One of the great things about your newspaper having a website is that the painful sting of getting beaten does not have to last a full day. It used to be that reporters would grab a copy of the competitor’s newspaper on the way to work, discover that they had been beaten and have to […]



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Tags: Beat Development · Best Practices · Breaking News · Google · Industry · Local Newspapers · Online · Reporting

It’s NOT good enough – UPDATED

December 28th, 2007 · 3 Comments

It’s particularly on days like Thursday, Dec. 27, when the Associated Press must feel good about it itself. As most people now know, Thursday morning Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Although this tragic event occurred early in the morning, most New Jersey daily newspapers appeared either ill-prepared […]



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Tags: Best Practices · Breaking News · Industry · Local Newspapers · Online · Reporting

Can you spare five minutes for a better story?

December 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Conversations between reporters and editors are a great thing. But at many newspapers, they don’t happen nearly often enough and when it comes to covering breaking news, I’m afraid they happen even less. We all are familiar with this scenario: The police scanner suddenly crackles with the news of a fire, reports of smoke coming […]



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Tags: Beat Development · Best Practices · Breaking News · Online · Training

Agoraphobics in your newsroom?

December 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I must say that I’m still surprised when I walk into a newsroom and see most of the reporters sitting at their desks, talking on phones and/or working on computers. As editors are fond of saying, the best stories are not found on the other end of a phone and, given the mobile technology that […]



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