Ask for the tough interview.
Make hard choices about what you won’t cover.
Don’t give readers any excuses for checking out.
These three lessons stand out clearly from the three newsrooms, projects and stories featured today in our first installment of How We Did It.
What work is your local newsroom proud of? Share it and I’ll reach out if we decide to feature it. All the answers shared here came through a Google form and have been edited for length and clarity.
“I learned that most people want to tell their story, no matter how devastating it is,” Dana Benbow, sports enterprise reporter, Indianapolis Star
The Indianapolis Star has about 75 people in the newsroom. Sports enterprise reporter Dana Benbow worked with sports editors Nat Newell and Jenny Green to tell the story of a woman who had lost two sons to an opioid overdose on the same day four years before. Benbow shared details on how she wrote the tough story.
How did you make this story happen?
This was one of those stories that came together quickly. It wasn’t a long-term project because there wasn’t time. My editor, Jenny Green, happened upon the story in May of this mother who lost two of her four sons on the same day due to opioid overdoses. When it was assigned to me, I had just weeks before the anniversary of their deaths, June 14, which was the target
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2019/i-learned-that-most-people-want-to-tell-their-story-no-matter-how-devastating-it-is/