Reporting for Journalists (Media Skills) , Second Edition by Chris Frost

By Chris Frost

Reporting for newshounds explains the foremost abilities wanted by way of the twenty-first century information reporter. From the method of discovering a narrative and tracing resources, to interviewing contacts, amassing info and submitting the completed record, it's a vital guide for college students of journalism and an invaluable advisor for operating pros. Reporting for reporters explores the position of the reporter on the earth of recent journalism and emphasises the significance of studying to record throughout all media – radio, tv, on-line, newspapers and periodicals. utilizing case stories, and examples of print, on-line and broadcast information tales, the second one variation of Reporting for newshounds contains: details on utilizing wikis, blogs, social networks and on-line maps discovering a narrative and the way to improve rules discovering the tale and development the contacts booklet together with crowd sourcing and utilizing chat rooms interactivity with readers and audience and consumer generated content material making most sensible use of computing device aided reporting (CAR), information teams and se's protecting courts, councils and press meetings reporting utilizing video, audio and textual content getting ready studies for broadcasting or ebook attention of moral perform, and cultural expectancies and difficulties an annotated consultant to additional interpreting, a thesaurus of key phrases and an inventory of journalism web content and agencies.

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Local councillors and council candidates also need to keep their media profile high to ensure election or re-election. Teachers, vicars, shopkeepers, publicans and activists in local voluntary organisations are all funds of local knowledge and not only should appear in your contacts book, but also should be talked to regularly to keep you in touch with the local community. There may be one or two celebrities in your area. While these tend to be thickest on the ground in big cities or places with strong showbiz links, such as Blackpool or Brighton, even the remotest place may have a celebrity, as the Mull of Kintyre Gazette found when Paul McCartney moved in to make the home of several thousand sheep world-famous.

Often we will discard an idea before we have thought it through because it sounds silly at first. Often developing the idea can change that view. Boring or clichéd ideas might be safe, but challenging, unusual and exciting ideas are what newsdesks really want – and what they are prepared to pay for. De Bono says that: ‘The four rules of brainstorming in a group are: (1) Adverse criticism is taboo; (2) freewheeling is welcomed; (3) quantity is wanted; and (4) combination and improvement are sought’ (referenced in Barron 1969: 132).

Any political correspondent needs to make regular visits here. Government press releases are also available online. uk). Every government department now has an excellent website that carries a lot of information and government reports. Of course, you can’t expect to find bad news getting a good display, but it is possible to find some buried away. Off-diary stories Off-diary stories are more difficult to come by. These require the reporter to be more creative, thinking up ways to track down stories that are not going to be notified to the newsdesk.

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