Category Archives: Lecture

Topical Reporting or Issue Stories

My definition: A reporting project on a topic or issue of public concern. Not necessarily driven by the regular news cycle, although it can have a news peg in current events. Uses the traditional techniques of feature writing — i.e, … Continue reading

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Intro to Online Explanatory Journalism

Explanatory Journalism – “illuminates a significant and complex subject…with lucid writing and clear presentation” Like aggregation, curation, and verification, explanatory reporting is increasingly becoming a priority for journalists. And digital-first publications are reinventing the traditional storytelling forms of explanatory reporting. Vox.com … Continue reading

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Art of story hunting

Not Everything We Call a “Story” is a Story The writer and writing coach Jack Hart has noted that journalists have a habit of calling almost everything we do a story whether or not it has any narrative elements. But… A fact … Continue reading

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How to pitch a story using XY “And what’s interesting…” test

In an article in Transom Review, NPR radio reporter and journalism instructor Alex Blumberg offers some great advice for determining if you on the right track to finding a good story and pitching it to an editor. He suggests that reporters pitch … Continue reading

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Digital First Workflow: Discussion and Exercise

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Review: Interview with Evan Smith, Texas Tribune

“Any media company that is not also a technology company is missing out… and will likely not be around for long.” Steamship vs. cigarette boat “I want to wake up in the morning decide to do something and by 11 … Continue reading

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