Week 12 Breaking News Reporting

Week 12, April 18
Today we’re going to talk about reporting on breaking news.


Breaking news sources:

Authoritative — city officials; police, fire, emergency workers; people who can speak with authority about this particular breaking news event
Experts — researchers, professors, non-governmental organization leaders who can provide context, history, background data

Victims, victims’ families — people who have been injured or family members of people who have been hurt or killed

Witnesses — people who have witnessed a breaking news event but weren’t hurt or personally involved

Person on the street reaction — regular folks who didn’t directly witness breaking news but can provide reaction to it.

Also on the agenda:
Preparing your final project outline

Resources for Breaking News Coverage:
U.S. Geological Survey
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
San Francisco Department of Emergency Management


About rkanigel

I'm an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where I teach Introduction to Online Journalism, Reporting, Newswriting and other courses and advise Golden Gate [X]press, the student newspaper. I was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and I've written for many magazines and websites, including TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Prevention, Health, Reader's Digest, lime.com and CNN.com.

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