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“Follow” Stories or Covering a Speech or Meeting—covering these effectively requires perfecting some basic reporting skills: advance preparation, sound news judgment, accuracy, an ear for interesting quotations and an eye for compelling details.
“Follow” stories are published or broadcast after speeches or meetings, reporting on those events in detail. Therefore, they are much longer than “advance” stories. They are also harder to write.
Arrive early and find a seat that will allow you to hear and see as much as possible
Introduce yourself, either before or after, to the speakers and participants, if you have not met them before
Take detailed notes—to help you recall and understand what was said or done
Bring a tape or digital recorder to ensure accuracy
As you listen to a speech or meeting, try to think of groups or individuals who might have different points of view or who might be affected by actions taken. And then try to speak to these individuals or groups later so you provide readers or viewers with as complete a news story as possible (and as balanced as possible)
It is important to identify a central point. What is most newsworthy about the speech or meeting you are covering?
There may be multiple newsworthy points to come out, so the reporter needs to organize the story so the most important topic is mention and covered first, in the lead. Or have a compound lead mentioning two or three important topics.
Also, you can summarize the major topic, then after a brief transition, use bullet points to hit on the other key things that came out of the speech or meeting.