- Generating Story Ideas: Seeing Stories All Around You
- Seminar Snapshot
- Time Estimate:
- About an hour
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About Seminar Snapshots
A Seminar Snapshot features video highlights that capture the key learning of a seminar presentation.
Does it seem to you that good story ideas just fall into the laps of certain reporters? Do you sometimes think that one story leads to another story — which leads to a better story?
Truly great journalism goes beyond these passive approaches to finding story ideas. Hone your story radar; sit and work in the white noise of your beat. This presentation will teach you four habits and four truths about the nature of finding and identifying good stories.
This presentation is part of a workshop that covers five important steps in the writing process: generating story ideas, collecting the facts and details, finding focus in your story, structuring your work and revising your writing.
The other presentations in this series are:
Hunt and Gather Details for Your Stories: Tom French, teacher and facilitator at The Poynter Institute and at Indiana University's journalism school, teaches you to research and report the kinds of human detail and vivid scenes that will make your writing come alive.
Finding the Heart of the Story: Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor at The Dallas Morning News and adjunct faculty member of The Poynter Institute, presents essential writing techniques that produce compelling, sharply focused stories with strong underlying themes.
Planning and Drafting Your Story: Roy Peter Clark, writing instructor since 1979, vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, teaches you how to draft your story using a quick plan and outlining its most important parts.
Mastering the Craft of Revision: Chip Scanlan, reporting, writing and editing faculty affiliate at The Poynter Institute, offers revision techniques that will help you identify problems in your stories and make the changes, big and small, that will make your writing stand out.
Check out the Training Package to purchase the entire five-part series!
What Will I Learn:
- Going beyond what other reporters are writing
- Honing your story radar
- Identifying great stories
- Building relationships within the community and exploring subjects that aren't normally covered
Who should take this course:
Reporters, editors, freelance writers — and anyone who wants to learn to uncover compelling story ideas.
Alexandra Zayas is an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2013, she won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the America’s Promise Journalism Award for Action for her yearlong, three-part series “In God's Name,” which uncovered abuse at unlicensed religious children’s homes across Florida. Zayas has taught classes at the Poynter Institute about developing sources and telling untold stories.