Basic Beats: RR7

We were brought back to the basics of journalism in Filak’s seventh and eighth chapters.

Chapter 7 goes over the importance of preparation for an interview and checking for errors in your writing. As with the last reading response, checking all your sources and facts and checking for errors plays into the honesty quality of writing and how important it is to double check before publishing as to not have your credibility questioned. Going further into chapter 7, Filak discusses how imperative it is to be a flexible journalist and improvise when unforeseen situations occur. Being able to adapt to unforeseen circumstances allows you to be ready for anything and keeps you from getting frazzled.

Chapter 8 was kind of a new one for me as I didn’t know what beat reporting was. I had an idea, but wasn’t entirely sure. Unlike regular reporting where you often move from place to place every time, beat reporting focuses on one thing, person or place for a lengthier period of time. I find beat reporting interesting because instead of moving from one story to another and just barely cracking the surface of that one person or place you are reporting on, in beat reporting, you are able to really learn about you topic and almost build a relation with your topic. It is important to build a strong connection with and know your topic so the story can be the best possible.


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