No shortage of coronavirus story ideas

not teaching,still THINKING … Coronavirus coverage is an extreme example of how story ideas are generated. Not only are the basics being reported, but also the fallout in every locality, every state, every country, every continent. If you are looking to cover a new angle that has not been reported, consider the following: Change. It […]

Not a journalist? You still have power

not teaching,still THINKING … Curiosity is that powerful trait that drives journalists. It can drive you — the audience — too. Here’s how. Each day, set aside time to think about what you are curious about and make a list. As the days go by, review the list. Do you spot any trends? Follow your […]

Look up! What stories will you tell?

not teaching,still THINKING … Blue-sky thinking is a must for writers — whether they are interns, newcomers or veterans. That’s because pitching stories is still THE top request of writers at digital-first operations and print publications. If you think it is difficult to come up with ideas no one has thought of already, then the […]

Top tip: Give your audience a break(out)

not teaching,still THINKING … Stuck on a story idea? It happens. But when news breaks or even when covering routine events, here is a good way to generate ideas, provide important information and involve your audience at the same time. It’s called a breakout. And it works because it provides a point of entry for […]

Nurture curiosity — be the ‘idea person’

One of the most important attributes any journalist can possess is curiosity, because it leads to knowledge. Curiosity leads to answers of all sorts. One way to strengthen curiosity is to start with the simplest things you are curious about in your everyday life. Really simple. Like what time the post office closes on Saturday […]

Take 10 steps to better enterprise ideas

In thinking about enterprise story ideas — as master’s students are doing now in their six-week news writing boot camp at the Newhouse School — I am reminded how difficult it is sometimes to develop, as some say, “a story from nothing.” Or so it may seem. But, in fact, the beauty of enterprise ideas […]