Breaking News News Writing and Reporting Workshop JMSC0002B Feb 25, 2002
What is breaking news? • A drastic departure from routine • e.g. Accidents -- “Impacts” • e.g. Natural Disasters • e.g. Surprise announcements
BC-NY--APNewsAlert, • NEW YORK _ Smoke poured out of an upper floor of a World Trade Center tower on Tuesday amid reports of a plane crashing there, police said.
Where do you start? • Know where to collect information. • Get to the scene quickly • Work the phone • Your efforts to find, develop and maintain sources pay off.
News Sense • Be curious. • Always remember the human element • Find your lead from • scarce information. • conflicting information.
Keep Calm • Observations • Interviews • Be persistent • Be flexible
Writing breaking news • Accuracy. • Precision and clarity • To minimize confusion • Weave in background