Reporting for New Media in Six Easy Steps!

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Published on February 2, 2009

Author: ryan.thornburg

Source: slideshare.net

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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.

 

The Six Steps Do Your Work Show Your Work Talk to Your Readers Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’ Storyboard Your Content Prepare for Breaking News

Do Your Work

Show Your Work

Talk to Your Readers

Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’

Storyboard Your Content

Prepare for Breaking News

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 .

MoJo = NoGo

Step 2: Show Your Work. Multimedia Documents

Multimedia

Documents

Step 2: Show Your Work. TIP: Start asking for all your documents in digital format and start recording audio of all your interviews.

TIP: Start asking for all your documents in digital format and start recording audio of all your interviews.

Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. Ask them what you don’t know. Ask them what they don’t know.

Ask them what you don’t know.

Ask them what they don’t know.

Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. Levels of Interactivity Engage with your reader on their turf Help your readers talk amongst themselves Host discussion with a newsmaker Let your readers ask you Ask your readers

Levels of Interactivity

Engage with your reader on their turf

Help your readers talk amongst themselves

Host discussion with a newsmaker

Let your readers ask you

Ask your readers

Step 3: Talk to Your Readers. Tip: Write 10 trivia questions about your beat. And ask your readers to suggest a question. Bonus Tip: Write a story. OK, now replace all the quotes with links.

Tip: Write 10 trivia questions about your beat. And ask your readers to suggest a question.

Bonus Tip: Write a story. OK, now replace all the quotes with links.

Step 4: Sustainable Development. 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.

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.

Step 4: Sustainable Development. TIP: Look for the most frequent words in your stories – especially proper nouns – and write three quick facts about each. 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.

TIP: Look for the most frequent words in your stories – especially proper nouns – and write three quick facts about each.

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.

Step 5: Storyboarding Sub Step A: Make a list of your “assets” Sub Step B: Make a list of descriptions of the types of people who will be interested in your story. Sub Step C: Keeping audiences in mind, draw paths between assets that show the paths that would work best for each reader.

Sub Step A: Make a list of your “assets”

Sub Step B: Make a list of descriptions of the types of people who will be interested in your story.

Sub Step C: Keeping audiences in mind, draw paths between assets that show the paths that would work best for each reader.

Step 5: Storyboarding TIP: Take a story from another newspaper and “reverse engineer” it back to a set of notes.

TIP: Take a story from another newspaper and “reverse engineer” it back to a set of notes.

Step 6: Prepare for Breaking News Blog. But don’t forget to recap. Work in Takes: Fast First. Rich Second. Be ready to take information from audience. Tell your readers what you don’t yet know.

Blog. But don’t forget to recap.

Work in Takes: Fast First. Rich Second.

Be ready to take information from audience.

Tell your readers what you don’t yet know.

Step 6: Prepare for Breaking News TIP: Write yourself an emergency preparedness plan, with tasks and content workflow.

TIP: Write yourself an emergency preparedness plan, with tasks and content workflow.

The Six Steps Do Your Work Show Your Work Talk to Your Readers Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’ Storyboard Your Content Prepare for Breaking News

Do Your Work

Show Your Work

Talk to Your Readers

Practice ‘Sustainable Journalism’

Storyboard Your Content

Prepare for Breaking News

… and learn the tools. www.lynda.com www.newsu.org http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/ http://www.kcnn.org/modules/ http://www.j-learning.org/

www.lynda.com

www.newsu.org

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/

http://www.kcnn.org/modules/

http://www.j-learning.org/

Additional Resources http://www.ojr.org/ojr/wiki/reporting/ http://www.kcnn.org/tools/crowdsourcing http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/reporting/starttofinish/storyboarding/

http://www.ojr.org/ojr/wiki/reporting/

http://www.kcnn.org/tools/crowdsourcing

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/reporting/starttofinish/storyboarding/

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