Reporting for New Media in Six Easy Steps!

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UNC Assistant Professor Ryan Thornburg draws on his experiences at washingtonpost.com, cq.com and usnews.com to lay out how reporters can adapt their reporting for online presentation in just six easy steps.

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  • The Internet doesn’t make it easier on reporters. It makes it tougher. Because everyone can do it poorly. It is going to take more to be a pro. Just ask Dan Rather. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12524_Bush_Guard_Documents-_Forgeries#comments http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/007760.php
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  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your background material in to standing resources that you can use as links in your story and that your readers can search find when they want it. * http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/us-stocks-most-higher-extending/story.aspx?guid=%7B5DECFAF0%2DC211%2D442F%2D9989%2DA74B4454518D%7D * http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/iraq/front.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/24/world/24cnd-nations.html
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your background material in to standing resources that you can use as links in your story and that your readers can search find when they want it. * http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/us-stocks-most-higher-extending/story.aspx?guid=%7B5DECFAF0%2DC211%2D442F%2D9989%2DA74B4454518D%7D * http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/iraq/front.htm http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/24/world/24cnd-nations.html http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/ http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008-presidential-candidates/tracker/ http://www.chicagocrime.org/
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  • Reporting for New Media in Six Easy Steps!

    1. 2. The Six Steps <ul><li>Do Your Work </li></ul><ul><li>Show Your Work </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to Your Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’ </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard Your Content </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for Breaking News </li></ul>
    2. 3. Step 1: Do Your Work. The Internet doesn’t make it easier on reporters. It makes it tougher. Because everyone can do it poorly. It is going to take more to be a pro .
    3. 4. MoJo = NoGo
    4. 5. Step 2: Show Your Work. <ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul>
    5. 6. Step 2: Show Your Work. <ul><li>TIP: Start asking for all your documents in digital format and start recording audio of all your interviews. </li></ul>
    6. 7. Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. <ul><li>Ask them what you don’t know. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them what they don’t know. </li></ul>
    7. 8. Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. <ul><li>Levels of Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with your reader on their turf </li></ul><ul><li>Help your readers talk amongst themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Host discussion with a newsmaker </li></ul><ul><li>Let your readers ask you </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your readers </li></ul>
    8. 9. Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. <ul><li>Tip: Write 10 trivia questions about your beat. And ask your readers to suggest a question. </li></ul><ul><li>Bonus Tip: Write a story. OK, now replace all the quotes with links. </li></ul>
    9. 10. Step 4: Sustainable Development. <ul><li>Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your background material in to standing resources that you can use as links in your story and that your readers can search to find when they want it. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Step 4: Sustainable Development. <ul><li>TIP: Look for the most frequent words in your stories – especially proper nouns – and write three quick facts about each. </li></ul><ul><li>BONUS TIP: Make a list of all the objects on your beat. Then identify the sources of where you can obtain information about their attributes and their values. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Step 5: Storyboarding <ul><li>Sub Step A: Make a list of your “assets” </li></ul><ul><li>Sub Step B: Make a list of descriptions of the types of people who will be interested in your story. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub Step C: Keeping audiences in mind, draw paths between assets that show the paths that would work best for each reader. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Step 5: Storyboarding <ul><li>TIP: Take a story from another newspaper and “reverse engineer” it back to a set of notes. </li></ul>
    13. 14. Step 6: Prepare for Breaking News <ul><li>Blog. But don’t forget to recap. </li></ul><ul><li>Work in Takes: Fast First. Rich Second. </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to take information from audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your readers what you don’t yet know. </li></ul>
    14. 15. Step 6: Prepare for Breaking News <ul><li>TIP: Write yourself an emergency preparedness plan, with tasks and content workflow. </li></ul>
    15. 16. The Six Steps <ul><li>Do Your Work </li></ul><ul><li>Show Your Work </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to Your Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’ </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard Your Content </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for Breaking News </li></ul>
    16. 17. … and learn the tools. <ul><li>www.lynda.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.newsu.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kcnn.org/modules/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.j-learning.org/ </li></ul>
    17. 18. Additional Resources <ul><li>http://www.ojr.org/ojr/wiki/reporting/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kcnn.org/tools/crowdsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/reporting/starttofinish/storyboarding/ </li></ul>

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