Bethany Swain

Photojournalist & Multimedia Producer

BEA 2015

#SFbatkid – Multiplatform Coverage of San Francisco Bat Kid Story

Questions for discussion

  • How do you prepare? What elements were pre-produced?
  • What format works best for each platform? What didn’t work?
  • What was your favorite story and why?
  • How did the elements vary depending on the outlet?
  • How many people do you think went into producing each story?
  • Is Make-a-Wish’s story journalism?
  • How does timeliness and deadlines impact elements and coverage?
  • How does social media impact coverage?
  • How do you make your story standout when every outlet in town is coveringthe same story?
  • Discuss challenges:o Making East Coast deadlines when covering a West Coast story
    o Covering a story with lots of media, crowds and numerous locations o What to do when covering a busy event, with streets shut down, etc. o How to balance deadlines with quality

    Links to coverage
    NBC News – Joe Fryer –

    San Francisco Chronicle – #SFBatKid video –

    Collection of stories, including text:

    ABC News gotham/story?id=20899254
    ABC News – TWEETS – Wish_Transforms_San_Francisco_Into_Gotham?Page=0
    ABC Digital News Brief – VIDEO – PHONER & live report –

  • ABC NEWS VIDEO PKG for ABC World News – francisco-siege-making-bat-call-cry-bat-20906860
    ABC NIGHTLINE thousands-cheers-20908458 Make-A-Wish: released 3 months after –

    YouTube: (cops getting in the way**) WcSCXI&app=desktop

    Bethany Swain * @bethanysstories * * University of Maryland 

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