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How to Pitch a Story Idea

Use this checklist before you present your idea to your editor

July 09, 2015

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1. Explain why your story idea is relevant now

Is it connected to a recent event or a topical issue? Clarify its newsworthiness.


2. Do your homework

Go beyond hearsay and assumptions. Do some research, conduct some pre-reporting. What background information can you give?


3. Figure out who cares

Who does it affect? Who will . . .

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The Inverted Pyramid

How a news story is organized

July 09, 2015

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No matter what medium you're writing for, reporting is reporting and storytelling is storytelling -- you'll always need to include the basic building blocks of a story.


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The Lede grabs the attention of the reader or listener.
The Nut Graf gets to the point of what this story is all about
Element Purpose
Who . . .

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Web skills workshop

Digital know-how for journalists

May 09, 2015

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Valuable online multimedia, data journalism, and business skills for in-demand news reporters

As news happens, it'll continue to need to be reported, but the way that reporting happens and by whom will continuously change. The question is, can you keep up with what's expected in the most cutting edge newsrooms? Or . . .

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SELECT needle FROM haystack;

Load a dataset into Firefox's SQLite Manager extension and start running queries to find the exact bits of info you need to concretely support your reporting.

May 09, 2015

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Agenda


  1. Intro

  2. Explain Firefox's database management extension, SQLite Manager.

  3. Demo how to use the SELECT statement and the FROM command to find and view specific data.

  4. Demo how to filter data using the WHERE criteria command.

  5. Demo how to sort data using the ORDER BY command.

  6. Open floor for questions.

Hand off to Part . . .

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