Deadly Rampage In Santa Barbara – Social Media

25 May
May 25, 2014

Here are a few posts from covering the deadly rampage in Santa Barbara, California. A gunman shot and killed three students. He also stabbed three of his friends to death in his apartment. He also injured 13 people, including with his vehicle.


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Journalist Apps Host

02 Feb
February 2, 2014

LindseyMastis_JournalistApps_Mobile_FeaturedI am the founder and host of, a free resource for journalists to find smartphone application reviews, watch video tutorials, and get creative ideas for smartphone accessories.

I’m excited to share my knowledge of smartphone applications, social media, and digital technology with my fellow journalists. I came up with the idea while Read more →

Covering the Boston Marathon Bombings

27 Apr
April 27, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 7.26.21 PMMy phone lit up with a news alert. I saw the words “Boston Marathon” and “explosion,” and I ran to the nearest television. At first I thought I was looking at footage from an attack in a foreign country. But then I noticed people in running gear. “How do you turn the volume on?” I asked. Soon, the volume was up and a crowd of people hovered around the television. Phones started ringing. The newsroom became alive.

I called up my office in DC and let them know I was there to help. But working out of the Los Angeles office meant I couldn’t be further away from what was happening. It didn’t make sense for me to report on the explosions. As a reporter, it’s hard to ignore a major news event. Read more →

World TB Day: Tuberculosis In Mumbai, India, and Los Angeles

24 Mar
March 24, 2013

Kamarunnisa, 18, lives with family in a government resettlement colony in Mumbai, India. She suffers from drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Kamarunnisa uses all her strength to hold her head up as a health worker enters her family’s one-room apartment in Mumbai, India. Her back is against the wall as she sits in her bed. A pink patterned scarf covers her hair. Her face is pale, yet her eyes continue to sparkle. She is suffering from tuberculosis, and in her case, drugs aren’t working.

More than 8,700 miles away, a nurse sticks a needle into Angela Lyons’ arm. On her lap is a black trash bag filled with her belongings. She squeezes her eyes closed until the needle is out. She is among dozens of homeless being tested for TB in a recreation room at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Read more →

[VIDEO] Filming My Own Standup In A Mumbai Slum

13 Mar
March 13, 2013

Lindsey Mastis tries to shoot her own standup in a slum outside Mumbai, India. A picture taken through a dirty bus window shows the large crowd gathered to watch. Photo: Joy Doreen Biira/International Reporting Project

Part of my job as a television broadcast reporter is getting in front of the camera and doing what’s called a “standup.” Literally, it means I stand up in front of the camera and record myself talking. The goal is to ‘show and tell’ in a way that is most effectively done by the reporter, or narrator if you will. It’s one of the hardest parts of my job because I’m a video correspondent responsible for being behind the camera and in front of the lens without any help.

Usually, I find someone near me to stand in so I can focus my camera. Then I press record, stand in about the same spot, and hope for the best. But in India, doing these standups was much more difficult. Especially in a place called Bhiwandi. Read more →