How to get start as an. INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST. February 28, 2013 By: Karen Spring HSCI 825 Advocacy and Communication Simon Fraser University. Presentation Outline . ✜ Why be a journalist? ✜ Who can you write for? ✜ Six steps to writing a journalistic piece:
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February 28, 2013
By: Karen Spring
HSCI 825 Advocacy and Communication
Simon Fraser University
✜ Why be a journalist?
✜ Who can you write for?
✜ Six steps to writing a journalistic piece:
Step 1: Planning a story
Step 2: Research
Step 3: Making contact
Step 4: The interview
Step 5: Writing the story
Step 6: Don’t get sued
** Tips along the way **
Independent Media – “pitching” details on websites
Journalism skills is useful for many things:
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
✜ Finding a story:
✜ Mapping the story
✜ Government & corporate websites
✜ Advocacy groups
✜ Health related organization
- WHO, PHAC, CDC, etc.
*** Make sure they are verifiable ***
✜ Finding a voice(s)
talk to those most affected
✜ Do a call out using your networks, your friends, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
✜ Allow for different points of view – diverging perspectives or the pros and cons
✜ Google the person’s name with first 3 digits of area code or location
- Government – Database of experts (http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/Expert-Expert_eng.asp)
✜ Don’t leave a message until you’ve called at least 3 times
✜ Just show up
✜ Try, if possible, & if needed to avoid the ‘media rep’ (especially for investigative pieces)
✜ Do your background research
✜ Questions: Easy, open-ended and one at a time
✜ How to end the interview – 5 major ending questions:
✜ The “Lede”, a sentence or two that introduces your article. Opening paragraph: ‘Who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ & ‘when’
✜ The ‘Why’ and ‘How’
✜ Context and quotes
✜ Don’t summarize
✜ Libel – Printed defamation
✜ Fair comment
✜ Responsible Journalism
Doubtful? Consult a lawyer. Period.
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