Reporter 101: Don’t Just Stand There.

Kirk Bloodsworth’s story is fascinating. Watch it below.

A wise coach once told me – if you’re not showing/demonstrating/teaching me something in your standup, then get out of the piece. I’m sure you’ve heard this concept before. But, sometimes we either forget, get lazy, run out of time, or what-have-you, and slip in a static standup, or worse yet, the “walk to nowhere.” (Don’t get me started) I issued a directive to myself last week, and roped in a friend to play along with me. I’ll explain. But, first…..

Kirk Bloodsworth is a fascinating man. He spent 9 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He was the first death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA. Ever. So, how did not one, but two juries find him guilty of the murder of 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton of Maryland? From my research, it mostly came down to faulty eyewitness accounts. Here’s my story. Spot the standup. Does it show/demonstrate/teach?

My former WVIT colleague Mike Springer is now a reporter at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida. He’s a one man band, meaning he does it all: report, write, shoot, edit. He’s a pretty new reporter, just started in 2011, and as part of our challenge, he tried out active standups last week. It’s much tougher to do when you’re the one shooting them. Here’s a real, casual standup that takes the viewer into a new part of the story and delivers.

So, reporters, please show me your active standups this upcoming week. Let’s keep pushing each other.


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