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How to Cover Big News As It Breaks

About This Course

A major news event, such as a mass shooting or the tragic death of a toddler, tests reporters and their newsrooms in ways they're often not prepared to handle. There are ways journalists can prepare for a worst-case scenario — such as having a plan in place. But a better measure of success is knowing what to expect in the field and how to handle it in your social media coverage.

In this webinar, you will learn best practices for covering a major breaking news story live over social media, the equipment you should always have, things to keep an eye out for and how you can prepare yourself and your newsroom for the worst. You'll also learn what to avoid during breaking news, and the best way to tell a story digitally as updates continue to pour in.

What Will I Learn?

  • Tips for preparing before major news breaks
  • Why and how to use social media to provide updates
  • Equipment you need to have ready
  • How to prevent misinformation during breaking news
  • The importance of sources and witnesses

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, editors, producers and anyone in the newsroom who is looking for tips and tricks for covering live events over social media

Course Instructor

Christal Hayes

Christal Hayes is a breaking news reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. She was the first reporter for the Sentinel at three of the city's biggest stories in decades — all of which happened in a week span. She reported on the Pulse nightclub shooting, the fatal shooting of "The Voice" singer Christina Grimmie and the toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World. Christal graduated from the University of Central Florida and was part of a staff that was a finalist for two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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