What are some of your favorite pieces of journalism right now? Maybe they’re interactives, longform narratives, investigations, stunning photojournalism, immersive podcasts, critical breaking news or revelatory documentaries.
Now, how many of those are from local newsrooms?
I hope the answer is at least a few. (It is for me.) But if you’re a journalist in one of those local newsrooms, particularly the very small ones, I get it if you want to roll your eyes right now. The combination of layoffs and round-the-clock reporting is exhausting. But it is possible to do the cool things you see those bigger newsrooms doing.
Last year at the Online News Association’s annual conference, I talked with Sara Baranowski, editor of the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen, about breaking down big ideas.
This week, I’m republishing part of what we wrote about the process back in October. Oh, and we call it the “Weird Al Method.”
Here’s our conversation from last October:
Hare: The first step for you is finding something that inspires you. This is probably the easiest step. Like Weird Al Yankovic, look for something great that someone else has done and get ready to make it your own. What do you look for?
Baranowski: I look for things that resonate with me. If a story I read, a video I watch or an interactive I use makes me feel or understand something, there’s a good chance it will do the same for my audience. While many of us consume media from the big outlets, don’t forget about
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/5-ways-your-small-newsroom-can-make-big-projects-manageable