Training New Staff

  • Think Visually
    • Sometimes stories can be developed greatly with the use of photos. Be thinking about them early and often
    • Communicate more with photographers from the beginning of stories. Instead of filling out a form and hoping the picture is taken, have a conversation with the photographer
    • In what ways could an infographic add to your story? How can you best display the information compared to a graphic
    • Develop relationships with people in visuals. Learn what they think about the stories you are writing and vice versa to get a better grasp on how you each want the final product to turn out
  • Separate Daytime and Weekly Stories
    • These two responsibilities should not be worked on in the same way. They should be written differently as well
    • We need more communication between editors here and reporters on shift. Maybe more assignment based than letting them get to pick what they work on
    • Daytime is communal, and must be talked about between reporters for the best stories. Interview times must be shared with the whole group
    • Don’t worry about writing very short pieces. The goal here is to get the information out in a timely manner, and not add unnecessary detail. If it is necessary, we can add it later in a full story
  • Time for edits
    • Deadlines might need to be shorter for certain stories to allow editors to make real changes in the work of the reporter. Allows editors to ask for extra interviews and information, rather than checking mostly for grammar
    • I’d like a closer relationship between editor and reporter when working on a story. Editor should be more involved with the day to day of stories

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