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News and reporting. What is it and how do you find it?. What is news?. News is an event, story or piece of information that readers are or would be interested in . Review of Moneyball Missing person Rise in tuition. What makes it news?. Impact Immediacy Proximity Prominence Novelty

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news and reporting what is it and how do you find it
News and reporting.

What is it and how do you find it?

what is news
What is news?
  • News is an event, story or piece of information that readers are or would be interested in.
    • Review of Moneyball
    • Missing person
    • Rise in tuition
what makes it news
What makes it news?
  • Impact
  • Immediacy
  • Proximity
  • Prominence
  • Novelty
  • Conflict
  • Emotion
who is your audience
Who is your audience
  • Let’s assume it’s the CCC community:
    • Students
    • Staff
    • Community around here
    • Taxpayers who support the college
    • Businesses nearby
    • Alumni
impact
Impact
  • Tuition going up at CCC vs. PSU
  • Tuition going up at PSU vs. NYU
immediacy
Immediacy
  • Movie review about Moneyball
  • Movie review about Toy Story 3
proximity
Proximity
  • Missing Clackamas student
  • Missing UCLA student
prominence
Prominence
  • Random student collapsing in community center
  • College president collapsing in community center
novelty
Novelty
  • Biggest Sitka Spruce tree falls over in storm
  • Iguana gets pulled over for DUI
  • Ramones street sign gets stolen in NYC
conflict
Conflict
  • Teachers strike
  • Sports rivalry
  • Big guy vs. little guy
emotions ethics
Emotions/Ethics
  • People who leave children in cars
  • Violin player in DC subway
how do you find news
How do you find news?
  • Press releases
  • Department heads, secretaries, instructors
  • Student government
  • Tips / leads
  • Public relations
  • Talking to people!
    • Don’t forget the little people, not just higher-ups!
research
Research
  • Before scheduling interviews it is always a good idea to Google your topic.
  • Other coverage in media?
  • Search engines, archives, informational interviews, etc.
  • Ask around
interview types and pros cons
Interview types and pros/cons
  • There are three common types of interviews:
  • Email:
    • Allows for flexible interview schedules.
    • However it allows for prepared responses.
  • Phone:
    • Answers are unprepared.
    • You don’t get to gauge their reactions.
  • In person:
    • “In the moment.” Reactions, unpreparedness, etc.
    • You have to work around both schedules.
interviewing tips
Interviewing tips
  • Audio recorder or no?
    • Allows for accurate information but going over the tape can be tedious and boring.
  • Start with small talk.
  • Try not to ask closed-ended questions.
  • When closing the interview ask if you can contact them again if you need more, who else to talk to and if they would like to add more.
sources
Sources
  • In journalism, sources are usually people, not memos, data sheets or presentations (although those are used.)
  • Develop a relationship with sources that you will use often
    • This allows for a smooth relationship and trust.
sources ii
Sources II.
  • If you have a source that is not getting back to you on a timely basis then find another source that can provide the same level of information.
  • Don’t promise anonymity to sources.
  • If you cannot get a source to go on the record or print his real name, then talk to your editor and find a different source.
how do you write a news story
How do you write a news story?
  • Stay out of it.
    • You are not the news
    • You are the reporter
5 w s and an h
5 W’s and an H
  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why
  • How
how that you have information
How that you have information:
  • How do you write a news story?
come up with a lead
Come up with a lead
  • The first sentence or paragraph in a story.
nut graph
Nut graph
  • An explanatory paragraph near the top of the story that summarizes what the story will be about.
  • It tells readers why they should care.
  • It’s kind of like your thesis statement.
news peg
News peg
  • Why you’re writing it now.
    • Story on all-weather tires:
        • Summer or fall?
types of leads
Types of leads
  • Basic news
  • Anecdotal/narrative
  • Scene-setter
  • Direct address
  • Blind
  • Startling statement
  • Roundup
  • Wordplay
inverted pyramid
Inverted pyramid
  • Most important facts first
  • Followed by other key facts
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