Some of these are not necessarily applicable to this endeavor.
Some of these are obviously less relevent
Film Department Graphic Design Student LifePhoto Department Clubs Events Any defined area of Coverage Student Government Activities TheaterCreative Writing Department
Define the beat Make a list of initial key people to talk to, and possible story ideas Set up interviews Leave every interview with a story idea and the name of someone else to talk to Start a “tickler” file
What are the issues within your beat? What entities does your beat include? Who are the official people within your beat? What kinds of public meetings/events happen in your beat? What kinds of public documents exist in your beat?
Top 10 people to meet. What events are happening within your beat. What written information is already out there? What stories do the people within your beat think should be told?
Beat reporting—literally: make the rounds Reading the news Reading bulletin boards, virtual and real Attending events and meetings Press conferences Monitoring groups and issues via the Internet
Create a system for tracking who you’re talking to and what you’re working on: meetings, interviews, public requests. Share these with your editor or other writers to get more ideas.
Make regular lunch, coffee, coffee, snack, cocktail (if you’re over 21) meetings with potential sources. Get out as much as possible Talk to people when you don’t need them. Don’t rely on the Internet.
Read other publications, looking for stories that you could do in your community Read virtual and real bulletin boards to look for strange events, calls to action Use Social Media to find stories and find sources..
A reporter’s knowledge of a story should be shared completely with the photographer Work together to come up with ideas for the best way to visually capture the essence of a story, whether it’s a profile or a larger feature The reporter and photographer should be together for this process Try a variety of shots, from candid to more contrived