How to Pitch a Story Idea

Use this checklist before you present your idea to your editor

July 10, 2015


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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The Inverted Pyramid

How a news story is organized

July 10, 2015


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 . . .

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Web skills workshop

Digital know-how for journalists

May 10, 2015


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 . . .

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SELECT needle FROM haystack;

Load a dataset and run queries to find the info you need to support your reporting.

May 10, 2015

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  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 . . .

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