Reporting Across Platforms

Course Overview

Reporting Across Platforms
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes two to three hours to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Explore the different approaches you need to report stories for publication online, in print and for broadcast. In Reporting Across Platforms, you’ll learn the strengths (and weaknesses) of each platform and how each can enhance your storytelling. And you’ll get insights from two experienced multiplatform reporters, Mary Shedden and Victoria Lim, who share their process for reporting stories across platforms.

See how you can gather information for print, radio, video and online audiences. Learn why the differences matter and how to report for each platform with confidence.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will know how to:

  • Explain the value of telling stories across platforms
  • Identify key differences in writing and reporting for each medium
  • Apply style differences in storytelling for print, broadcast and online
  • Identify the personnel necessary to gather appropriate content for each platform
  • Determine how information from sources is used in the different formats
  • Recognize the story structures used in each format and select the most appropriate platform for telling parts of a story
  • Analyze cross-platform stories
Who should take this course:

Anyone who wants to know how reporting differs in different media — especially journalists with experience in one medium who want to learn how to tell stories on other platforms.

Course Instructors:

Judy Robinson

Judy Robinson is an assistant professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida where she teaches technology-based courses.

Julie E. Dodd

Julie E. Dodd is a professor of journalism at the University of Florida, where she teaches the introductory writing course for journalism, public relations and advertising majors and a graduate course about teaching.

Mary Shedden

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, the NPR station in Tampa, Florida.

Since arriving at WUSF in 2013, Shedden has worked as a reporter and as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She’s also worked at The Tampa Tribune and, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun.

Over the years, she’s helped tell the stories of Floridians living with HIV, children poisoned by toxic toys, and the families whose loved ones were murdered by a serial killer.

Victoria Lim

Victoria Lim is a broadcaster who expanded her storytelling to the newspaper and online while she was the senior consumer investigative reporter for Media General in Tampa, a converged operation that includes WFLA-TV, The Tampa Tribune and

Training Partner:

Radio Television Digital News Foundation

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation provides training programs, seminars, scholarship support and research in areas of critical concern to electronic news professionals and their audience.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 8.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • You set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • You use a high-speed connection

This course contains audio, so please make sure you have your speakers or headphones on.