Writing an article on a wonkish topic, and wrestling the content to the ground.
“Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world.” —Harry Reasoner
Every journalist knows that the beginning can make or break an article. After all, there’s a reason it is called a “lead” because it must lead the reader to continue. Ideally, a strong lead makes a reader crave to the point that they devour an entire article and tell their friends, their community and their government about what they’ve just read.
For me, my lead remains unwritten. You could say I’m still in the process of figuring out where to begin, and that my story keeps taking different turns. There’s more investigating to be done and I’m not exactly sure where it will end, which as many editors know, means that I don’t really know where to begin.
I’ve got a new blog where I’ll be posting updates about my life as a young reporter. If you’d rather read blogs on WordPress, it has a home there as well. Do tell your friends, won’t you?
Reporter on the phone answering a question on how long an interview will take: “It depends on how much you talk.”
Need a good book? Columbia Journalism Review asked journalists, scholars, and critics to recommend titles for “the next generation of reporters.” Here’s the edited list.
These are about to be added to my Christmas list.
I’ve finally done it. I’ve launched the social media/journalism/media criticism blog that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. If you’re into this discussion and the changing media-scape, head on over to my new blog and project: Social Meets Media
In my first post, I explain why I started the project in the first place. Here’s an excerpt:
By using social media, newspapers are really getting the opportunity to connect. Reporters gain credibility and followers on Twitter when they use the tool effectively. Word of mouth is often referred to as the best form of advertising, but now word of mouth can happen on various digital platforms.
These conversations can lead to more stories, a stronger connection with readers, and an opportunity for print journalism to evolve and grow. These conversations could even save the industry and result in a new, tech savvy and engaged generation of journalism.
So, why do I care?
Journalism is my passion. I’m currently studying mass communication in college and before I know it, I’ll be a graduate in December. Since the time I entered college in 2008, my job description and expectations as a reporter have changed. I’m adapting to a curriculum that’s writing itself in real-time, in 140 character limits. There’s no textbook for this, just passion and curiosity in how things are changing.
Tell your friends, especially the journalism, news-crazed, media obsessed ones.