Saving a Story: Video

By · Monday, May 24th, 2010

Saving a story requires good judgment and the ability to think clearly and objectively on deadline.

The credibility of everyone — reporter, editor, news organization — is at risk when a problematic story is published. That’s why editors must recognize when a story needs attention, and they must know how to react.

In our book, “Think Like an Editor: 50 Strategies for the Print and Digital World,” this topic is the focus of “Strategy 22: Saving a Story: 10 Things You Can Do to Make a Story Work.”

Among the 10 things an editor can do to save a story:

When time allows, these options should be considered in consultation with the reporter. But that is not always feasible. And the reporter and editor might not always agree on whether a story can be saved, especially if one of them has become attached to the story for whatever reason.

Yet, with experience, an editor can make these decisions with confidence because, ultimately, these decisions about stories must be made.

Our video about saving a story is now available on iTunes, where you can download it to your iPod or other portable device. Or, you can view it — and others in the archive — via our YouTube playlist, right off the Web or in the player on our home page.

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