Journalism by Julie A. Evans

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Where It All Begins Whether you’re interested in covering news for the Internet, your local newspaper, a blog, magazine, or a television or radio network, basic journalism begins with reporting and writing news. While covering a story, reporters investigate leads (kernels of information that could turn into a larger story), read through relevant documents, research published stories on the topic, interview key people, and observe events at the site, such as a fire or crime scene, or as they unfold, such as a political campaign.

Government will become insolvent before BP does,” said Bruce Lanni, a stock analyst with Nollenberg Capital Partners. This Internet news story lays out the facts over the first two paragraphs and then delivers a powerful punch line—“They barely batted an eye. . ” It also uses strong quotes that move the story ahead. In fact, all three news stories use lively quotes, as well as an active voice and strong verbs (for example, “the White House arm-twisted its executives”). chnology. Play around with te with a small s t n e ud st r e h t o Interview esn’t need to o d It .

Diane Suchetka, newspaper reporter Who Am I Writing For? Always think about your audience as you search for newsworthy stories. For example, a student newspaper 33 Journalism would provide a different mix of stories than the community paper, even though some stories may overlap. The student newspaper would provide stories of interest to other students and their families, as well as teachers and administrators. On the other hand, the mix of stories for a community newspaper is much more diverse so it can appeal to everyone—from young readers to senior citizens.

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