Use this checklist before you present your idea to your editor
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 . . .
How a news story is organized
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.
The Lede grabs the attention of the reader or listener.
The Nut Graf gets to the point of what this story is all about
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Digital know-how for journalists
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 . . .
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.
Explain Firefox's database management extension, SQLite Manager.
Demo how to use the
SELECTstatement and the
FROMcommand to find and view specific data.
Demo how to filter data using the
Demo how to sort data using the
Open floor for questions.
Hand off to Part . . .