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:
- How to prepare for a news quiz:
- Read SFGate and/or the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, New York Times
- Listen to news shows on KQED and KALW
- The New York Times News Quiz
- Good example of neighborhood business story: Dogpatch, SF’s latest boomtown neighborhood, shedding scruffy past
- 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
- Entry exam — common mistakes
- Delayed identification (read more on how to write a lede at http://cubreporters.org/leads.html)
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)