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Newsroom Tools: Do The Best With What You’ve Got

November 12, 2010

Walk into the average newsroom, and the hardware and software you find will probably be less than ideal. Not necessarily bad, useless or outdated, just not what you’d reach for if you had the storeroom of a BestBuy at your disposal.

That’s OK.

The equipment you’re given won’t determine how good a journalist you are; how you use it will mean the world. A well-packaged video shot on a shaky flip cam, for example, will always look better than a talking head speaking into a perfectly steadied Canon 5D.

Don’t worry about what you don’t have — learn to make the best of what you’ve got. Chances are, those MacGuyver moves you end up having to pull from time to time will make you a more skilled journalist anyway.

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