Part 2: Reporting An Issue Story

1. Think multimedia
-Start by thinking about Which Media Elements are Best for Story?
-What is visual about this issue?
-Is there action for video?
-Are there things that should be explained with graphs or charts?

2. Pre-reporting research and prep
-See Multimedia Reporting Check List

3. Find real people who are key players
You are looking for someone who is connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. And you are looking for people who will give you access and who are articulate about the issue.

4. Interviews
Suggested questions:
-Tell me about your experience with this issue. (Anecdotes)
-Why should people care about this issue? (Moments of reflection)
-How has this issue affected you and your friends, family?
-What do you ideas for how to solve this problem?
-What do you think other people should know about this issue?
-Who else should I talk to?

5. Get video interviews with at least two people. Get portraits of everyone you interview.

6. Go to activities or locations related to the issue. Gather photo, video and scenes.
Get visuals (photo or video b-roll) that illustrate, capture, and make the issue compelling. Give audience the “experience” of the issue.

7. Check your facts and statistics against your interviews.
Do you need more facts and statistics? Do some of your interviews contradict the facts?

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