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COM 13500 Introduction to Journalism, Lindenwood University

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  1. 1. Where Do Stories Come From?COM 13500 Introduction to Journalism
  2. 2. Today’s Concepts
  3. 3. Does the Story Fit the Medium?Content and Media-Specific Strengths TV: works for sharing emotion and experiences and utilizing visuals. Print: works for providing depth and context with text. Online: incorporates BOTH of the above—and audience interactivity.
  4. 4. Where donews stories come from? Flickr: Marco Arment
  5. 5. • Scheduled or Upcoming Events – Courts – trials, hearings – Community festivals – World Series anyone? – Homecoming – Press conferences/press releases – Holiday stories – New data released
  6. 6. • Unscheduled Events – BREAKING NEWS! • Crimes, arrests • Searches • Fires • Major accidents • Chemical plant explosions • Police scanner (beat calls)
  7. 7. • Political Events – Local, national and international – City and county council meetings, school boards – State and federal legislative agendas – Elections – Political scandals – Political protests
  8. 8. • Current Event Reaction Stories – Gather feedback from those impacted by a news event – Example: reaction to death of Steve Jobs, Cardinals in World Series, etc. – Viewers/readers reach out to you with a story idea.
  9. 9. • Personal People Profiles – Interviews with local people who have an interesting story to tell
  10. 10. Niches/Beats WithDeveloped Sources: – Health – Business – Education – Sports – Politics
  11. 11. • Social Media – Hear what people are talking about – LISTEN! – Connect directly with your audience – Stay up to date with news – “Crowd source”
  12. 12. • Follow the Money – Find out who has a financial stake in something – Discover who is financially backing a plan/candidate/proposal
  13. 13. • Be Curious! (number one piece of advice!) – Look, listen, ask questions about the world around you. – Don’t be afraid to ask WHY? – Talk with local residents in your community. Be where they are.

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