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October 17, 2005

Crime reporting background info

Crime Reporting Background Info -- News Writing (EL 227)

The short readings were very interesting. I never realized that certain crimes that do not happen nearly as much as other crimes were made popular by the media. I also never thought that a reporter for a local newpaper's local crime section, could be just as busy as a crime reporting in New york city.
A good piece of advice tht came from these readings was being sure that you form a good relationship with your sources. If you upset a source then alot of your information could be ruined.

Posted by RachelPrichard at October 17, 2005 3:34 PM


That's very true -- while the kinds of crimes will be different, there are also emergencies and accidents that aren't related to crime, so a local reporter can spend a huge chunk of time just presenting the facts. Then there's following up on the trials, inquiries, hearings on new laws passed in response to recent events, etc. It's great to see you making these connections now.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 18, 2005 8:15 AM

I thought it was helpful that the text gave suggestions for dealing with sources who don't feel like talking, for crime stories. It suggested giving them business cards and backing off, which I think is an excellent strategy when your sources are people who are suffering through tragic experiences.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 19, 2005 10:34 AM

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