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? . . .
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