Good Stories, Good Reporters, Strong Sense

Everyday we read hundreds of stories from several journalists.  There are plenty of sources for a good story, which journalists are responsible to figure out.  Each reporter has a unique habit that helps him to have the very best production of great stories.

I truly believe that a good reporter must have great senses and always be ready to cover unknown subjects that will probably derive from a story.  Each immediate story hides a secret subject.  For example,  behind a murder case you will find the reasons that lead the murderer to kill and learn about the family and personal life of both the victim and the abuser.  That is why a good journalist must be interested on the whole subject he covers and try to derive new , more interesting subjects from the story he is covering.

Tor Constantino believes that

If you ask the hero of your story broader questions , you will receive golden information and quotes

Indeed Constantino’s idea is a very effective way for the discovery of new stories.  In case you are taking an interview related to the story you are covering then why don’t you try to catch your interviewee attention, attract him to open his heart to you and if his background is mysterious, try to uncover it!

A good reporter must always be prepared to grab the opportunity and transform an information into an interesting story.  A good reporter must be open and quick-minded and ready for anything.For example, if you are covering live news you must hear to what each person has to say.  Maybe most of them will just talk about the specific event, but maybe one or two person’s will analyse the story in more depth and give the reporter a new theme to work on (Kevin Loker, July 2012).

You have to remember that if you don’t have confidence while you are covering a story then probably someone else will be quicker and steal the lollipop from you hands.  It sounds awful to find out a story that had reached the news headlines and your name is not on the writer’s name.

For example, Raymond Anderson of the New York Times attended to the press conference of Aleksandr Ginsberg’s wife after her husband was jailed.  The Russian government warned the reporters that severe measures would be taken against those who attended.  Anderson with three other reporters went to the press conference.  The result?  After a few months he received an essay written from Sakharov, who was challenging the Soviet system.  His story was on the top of the headlines in all over the world (David Randall, 2005).

Showing interest not only to the immediate story but to the whole subject, is a habit that i really want to embedded in my work.  I truly believe that behind a murder there is a reason, behind a criminal there is a terrible family story, behind a successful organisation or company there is a working hard chief,  behind every story there is a different one.  Bare these in mind a reporter will become better and his stories will be not only good but unique, which is for me one of the most important things for a reporter’s story.


Posted on October 7, 2013, in Journalism. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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