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The Basics of Reporting

Here's where you learn to find stories, dig for information, interview sources, take notes and cover specific beats such as cops, court and city council.
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  2. Reporting Tools (8)

Beginning Journalism Students Should Focus on Thorough Reporting
Beginning Journalism Students Should Focus on Thorough Reporting

Why Do Many Journalism Students Skimp on Reporting?
Why Do Many Journalism Students Skimp on Reporting?

When it Comes to Reporting, There's No Substitute for Being There
When it Comes to Reporting, There's No Substitute for Being There

Six Good Work Habits Young Reporters Need to Develop

Sources for News Stories Aren't Always Available When You Need Them
Sources for News Stories Aren't Always Available When You Need Them

Avoid the Common Mistakes That Beginning Reporters Make
Avoid the Common Mistakes That Beginning Reporters Make

Everything You Need to Know About Interviewing
Interviewing is the one of the most basic - and most intimidating - tasks in journalism. Some reporters are natural-born interviewers, while others never get entirely comfortable with the idea of asking strangers nosy questions. The good news is that basic interviewing skills can be learned, starting right here.

Six Reasons Why Objectivity in Journalism is a Good Thing
Six Reasons Why Objectivity in Journalism is a Good Thing

Six Tips for Covering Light Public Events
Six Tips for Covering Light Public Events

Using Different Approaches for Different Kinds of Interviews
Adopt an Easygoing Tone for Some, a Businesslike Approach for Others

Be Ready to Ask Tough Follow-up Questions
The Importance of Asking Follow-up Questions in Journalism Interviews

In Journalism, Solid Reporting is More Important Than Clever Writing
In Journalism, Solid Reporting is More Important Than Clever Writing

10 Steps For Producing The Perfect News Story
So you want to produce your first news story, but not sure where to begin, or what to do along the way. Creating a news article is actually a series of tasks that involve both reporting and writing. Here are the things you'll need to accomplish in order to produce a story that's ready for publication.

Covering Different Kinds of Live Events
There's nothing like covering a live, breaking news event to get those journalism juices flowing. But live events can often be chaotic and disorganized, and it's up to the reporter to bring order to the chaos. Here you'll find articles on how to cover a wide range of live news events.

How to Cover Tragedies Like the Boston Marathon Bombing
How to Cover Tragedies Like the Boston Marathon Bombing

What is the Difference Between Public Relations and Journalism?
What is the difference between public relations and journalism?

10 Terms Every Journalist Should Know
Terms Used In Every Newsroom

Want to be a Reporter? Learn to Listen.
Want to be a Reporter? Learn to Listen.

What Makes Something Newsworthy?
Factors For Deciding What To Cover

Finding Stories To Cover
There's Plenty To Write About In Your Own Hometown

How to Cover a Beat Effectively
Learning and Schmoozing Are Key

Thorough Reporting
Getting All The Facts, And Then Double-Checking Them

You're Not in English Class Any More, So Stop Writing Essays
You're Not in English Class Any More, So Stop Writing Essays

Getting the Facts Right on Breaking News Stories
Getting the Facts Right on Breaking News Stories

Dealing with Sources on a Breaking News Story
Get the Story First, But Also Get it Right

The Basics of Interviewing
The Basics of Conducting Interviews for News Stories

Should You Let Your Sources Decide Which Quotes can be Used in a News Story?
Should You Let Your Sources Decide Which Quotes can be Used in a News Story?

Eight Ways to Tell if a Website is Reliable
Beware Bias, Look for Expertise

Interviewing: Notebooks vs. Recorders
Which Works Best in Most Situations?

Getting "Good" Quotes For News Stories
Choosing Only The Best Quotes From The Interview

Tips for Taking Good Notes
Be Accurate - But Not Stenographic

Developing Ideas For Follow-up Stories
Developing Ideas For Follow-up Stories

Mainbars and Sidebars - What's the Difference
Know What To Include in the Mainbar, and What Should Go Into the Sidebar

Enterprise Reporting
Developing Stories That Go Beyond Press Releases

Five Ideas for Enterprise Stories You Can Do in Your Hometown

Finding and Developing Ideas for News Stories and Articles
Dig Up Stories That No One's Talking About Yet

Dealing With Anonymous Sources
How to Handle Sources Who Don't Want Their Names Published

Should You Show a Source Your Story Before it is Published?
A Dilemma Many Reporters Face

Covering the Cops
The Ins and Outs of Covering One of Journalism's Most Exciting & Stressful Beats

Reporting On The Courts
Covering One of Journalism's Most Complex & Interesting Beats

The Structure of the State Court System
The Structure of the State and Federal Court System

Covering Speeches
Watch For The Unexpected

Covering Disasters
Keep Your Cool And Do Thorough Reporting

Reporters Get the Human Stories from Victims of Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami
Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, Journalism, Newswriting - Getting the Human Stories from the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Six Tips For Covering Press Conferences
Don't Be Intimidated

Covering Meetings
Find Your Focus

Five Ways You Can Cover An Election
Ideas for Articles That You Can Do in Your Community

Six Tips For Covering Debates
Finding Something Newsworthy in the Stump Speeches

Tips For Covering Political Rallies
Tips For Covering Political Rallies

Covering Science and Medical Stories
Making Complex Topics Easy to Understand

Now More Than Ever, the World Needs Good Science Journalism
Now More Than Ever, the World Needs Good Science Journalism

One of the Perils of Science Reporting: Scientists are People Too
Reporters Must Distinguish Between Scientific Theory and Fact

Seven Tips for Producing Great Profiles
Show Your Subject As They Really Are, Warts and All

Female Foreign Correspondents and the Danger of Sexual Assault
Safety Tips for Women Journalists Working Abroad

Want to See Why We Need to Save Newspapers? Watch TV News.
Want to See Why We Need to Save Newspapers? Watch TV News.

Journalism Students Need to Learn to Find Information for Themselves
Journalism Students Need to Learn to Find Information for Themselves

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