Week 2 Developing a Beat/Interviewing

Week 2 Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Developing a Beat/Interviewing
This week we’ll discuss the triumphs and challenges you faced in your first week of neighborhood reporting.

Also on the agenda:

  • What makes a good pitch?
    * Concise but informed
    * Why should people care? Why it’s relevant, important or otherwise newsworthy
    * Why now? Look for news peg whenever possible
    * Whiff of the meat — telling details that will capture people’s interest
  • Real estate/business story pitches


  • New quiz
  • Reporting skills: How to get information, developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources
  • Interviewing
  • Entry exam — common mistakes

For Thursday, Feb. 1: Turn in your Neighborhood Profile (paper copy submitted in class). Prepare for a news quiz.

For next week:

Write your BEAT REPORT in question-and-answer format (due Feb. 8). List the source(s) you used after each question.

Report and write your business/real estate story  (due Feb. 15)



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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