National Press Club

Write It-Say It: How Word People Can Love Being Online and On Air

Write It-Say It: How Word People Can Love Being Online and On Air

March 22, 2013 9:00 AM

Location: Bloomberg Room

Lee Powell, AP broadcast reporter and producer, will give practical writing tips from a reporter-turned video journalist.

Registration is required. Club members can attend at no charge; non-members pay $10. The session will run from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Gone are the days when newspaper reporters only typed out words on a page. Or television stations rolled with a "crew." Doing news today means doing it all. Reporters shoot video. Photojournalists report. Everyone is struggling to marry pictures with words all while staying true to the story. There is good news: if you can write, you can craft pieces people will watch. It is all about pictures and personality.

Lee Powell reports, shoots and edits his own stories that are streamed online and distributed to local television stations in the U.S. and broadcasters worldwide. His journey as a solo video journalist has taken him from the Summer Olympics in Beijing to a fake ski slope in Virginia. Powell began his career reporting for newspapers. He was the first metro reporter at The Dallas Morning News to create video stories to accompany those in print. Powell has won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, most recently for writing and was part of the winning team for the National Press Club award for breaking news.

Former NPC president Mark Hamrick, a veteran broadcast journalist, will make welcoming remarks.

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