- Don’t be afraid to go wherever it takes to get the facts that will make your story the best it can be.
- Find people who are affected by the topic and tell their stories.
- Great stories can be written in any circumstance—especially on a deadline.
- Great journalists aren’t easily dissuaded.
- Characters instead of sources, scenes instead of summaries, dialogue instead of disembodied quotes.
- Prepare in advance.
- A skilled journalist can provide not only the news but the meaning behind it.
- Every good story has a climax.
- There’s no substitute for being on the scene.
- If you’re worried about taking things out, then take comfort in the fact that it’s just one of those things you have to learn over and over again.
This is one I had in my bookmarks to begin with. I think what I like about it so much is that it does exactly what was talked about in the ASNE text: it creates characters, not just sources.
This is another one that was hanging around my bookmarks folder already. Mostly because it was fantastic on-the-scene reporting. While CNN was busy talking about the Facebook profiles of the spies, this was going up here on The New York Times.
Perhaps I should diversify my selection from The New York Times a bit. But really, the international reporting is typically fantastic. These are all well-rounded stories with emotions, details and solid reporting.
Maybe the only reason I want to put this on here is because Kirkpatrick’s consistent coverage throughout the three weeks this was going on was the most reliable and well-reported of any news I was reading at the time.
This one reminds me a little bit of an Americanized version of the Israel-Pakistan story from the ASNE text. And it’s awesome, because it’s a college journalist.