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Buildingabeat

  1. 1. Film Department Graphic Design Student LifePhoto Department Clubs Events Any defined area of Coverage Student Government Activities TheaterCreative Writing Department
  2. 2.  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
  3. 3.  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?
  4. 4.  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?
  5. 5.  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
  6. 6.  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.
  7. 7.  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.
  8. 8.  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..
  9. 9.  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

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