10 easy steps to a better story

Story ideas come from a number of places, including your own curiosity. An effective way to develop an idea into a story is to ask yourself questions. But the key is to ask these questions at the start of story planning, not after the story has been written. Here’s a checklist of 10 questions to get […]

Talking + thinking = communicating: Video

All kinds of relationships are built upon good communication. The reporter-editor relationship is an example. My co-author prefers the term “talking” to “communicating,” but they pretty much are the same thing. Talking comes naturally to journalists. Reporters rely on sources to answer questions. Editors rely on reporters to share information. This communication between reporters and […]

Help reporters to see the big picture

What’s the story? That’s the all-important question that reporters and editors must ask as they plan stories together. Asking this question helps the big picture come into view. Darren Benda, a senior newspaper major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, had a good experience seeing the big picture with his editor while working […]