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EL 200 TSSNG Chapter 4: Reporting

"Liberate the animals! Liberate the animals!" ( p.31 Kanigel)




Reporting is a process. Jobs given to journalists are expected to be multi tasked. Research an event, take or record good coherent notes, and write the story. That puts a lot of responsibility onto the reporter. I would not think that a job, as a reporter, is for cowards. One has to present themselves to the public and make them feel comfortable. Make temporary friends in order to get a story.
Observation is an important aspect of journalism. Seeing is believing, I guess. Watching an event or situation unwrap can be rewarding in the field of journalism. Paying attention to specific details (ex. what color shirt, if the male involved had a beard or not, blood on shoelaces) can give the reader a whole new perspective on a story.
Novelty "Out of the ordinary events get people talking." I like this because I try this as well, in my articles. Adding some humor to a serious situation can, sometimes, gain the reader's interest. It also lightens up a depressing story (ie, "...77-year old pursuing a bachelor's degree" For example: why does the 77-year old need to go back to college at their age? Is it because his/her family is starving? Or they just felt like it? Judgment is important. Gauging a situation without all the details leaves readers in the dark. Questions cannot be answered without proper information.

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