Chapter seven really focuses on news reporting. The chapter helps break down the information and teaches us how to formulate and correctly include the information in a more journalistic manner. As a journalist your role is to provide the truth to readers. Especially when writing news stories, a journalist either gains a reputation for being truthful or their reputation as a reporter becomes the one who provides “fake” news. The chapter has a piece about sports and how everyone sees the same game, so you need to make sure you get all of your facts correct before publishing your report.
Chapter 8 really focuses around beat reporting. At first, I had no idea what beat reporting was, I had an idea, but this chapter really showed me what it was. Beat reporting really tries to focus on one thing at a time, and explains why one needs to really dive deep into a certain topic to get the best story. Beat reporting really shows the ins and outs of the story, and gives the reader a more detailed look into a situation than he/she might get if the story was covered by a generic reporting approach. I plan on trying to really implement beat reporting into some of my stories later to help better understand the situations and give the best, deepest, and most intriguing story I can get.
Chapters seven and eight in this book are the basis of a good reader. The foundation to what a writer can become. Know how to cover to different types of news. Like described in chapter seven, know how to cover the stories that find you.
Know the three steps to be able to do this. One, be prepared. Know the topic you are writing about inside and out. As if the topic was the back of your hand. Know your material before covering it. Step two, find the story. Every news story has different ways of attacking it. Do some digging to find the way you want to write about the story. Without details, you cannot write a good story for your readers. Step three, be safe in your writing. Double check for grammatical errors and see fi your story flows. Then, check it again just to be sure.
Chapter eight describes what to do when you find the story. This will require some digging but not just to find information. You are also finding the story in this case. Because believe it or not, anything in this world can lead to a story. If you don’t believe it, look at any story that comes out of Hollywood or just anywhere from LA to San Francisco. A celebrity wears a different pair of shoes than normal. The whole community of paparazzi goes crazy. But when you find the story, focus on the people involved in the story. And never be afraid to dig deeper than what the eye can see.
In chapter four, I feel there was a lot of recap to what we learning in class. I liked the part at the end of the chapter was very interestng.
In building self-contained segments I liked how they went through and said that the goal is to produce content in a way that anyone can read any part and not get lost. This was an interesting concept to read bec ause usually we want to flow and have information given throughout. I neverf thought to think about arraning my stories in a way where any part of it is unerstandable to what the main focus is.
In chapter eight, I like how cliche is used in the the whole chapter it doesn’t avoid the concept. The apprrentice cliches and slang paragraph It goes into how there are phrases we can use that will get the point of the senetence across.
I like the part with cop and c criminal lingo as well as journalese, for the mere cause of the title of the paragraphs. They go into different phrases that these types of people use and my favorite is the list in journalese. The terms I remeber reading in high school, but to see them all writen out is amazing.
In chapter nine, I loved how each paragraph goes into what words are red flags. Seeing each of these words made me realize how often I use them. I like how they go into how using these can affect how your story comes across. The no-no paragraphs were just as helpful and gave a lot of explanation as well.
Chapter seven talks about the basic principles of news reporting. The chapter speaks on how to attain information and how to put it on paper correctly. This chapter was a little bit of a review for me. Accuracy needs to be a main point in reporting as well. You should never have false information in a new’s story. Reason being, is that everyone in the room gets the same story. Like in sports, everyone saw the game. Everyone receives the same information, but what a reporter is able to do with that, makes them a good reporter.
In Chapter 8, beat reporting is emphasized. You can find a story anywhere, you just have to be creative and look. The more you look, the easier it is to find an interesting story. But again, accuracy is very important. Since I see sports beat reporting interesting, I read this chapter thoroughly. Sometimes your stories are not as interesting as the last one. You just have to anticipate something wrong happening and having a plan B. Writers must be able to adapt when not everything goes right.
Chapter 7 explains how to cover news that finds you while chapter 8 talks about how to cover news you search for. When covering news that finds you, Filak says to follow these three steps; be prepared, find the story, and be safe. Be prepared on what the topic is your writing on and know the material. If you don’t do your research, then you won’t produce a nice story. Find the story and cover it in a way the reader can feel as they were at the event. Being safe in writing is two things. Stay out of harm’s way in the field and be careful what you write. Eliminate all those grammatical errors and double check your work.
The three main things in chapter 8 are, anything can lead to a story, focus on people, and don’t be afraid to dig. Anything in this world can lead to a story, and we just must open our eyes to it. The more we ask why about things, the more we might find interesting answers and fun stories. Focusing on people is just what we did as a class with our profile stories. When we interview people, we don’t want to overlook them because we might find some fantastic stories about them or experiences. A good story takes time to develop, and Filak says, “if you remain persistent in your work, you will eventually get the things you need to tell the story you want to tell.”
In conclusion, these two chapters showed me how I could cover news more effectively, and I look forward to using these tips for the upcoming disaster drill assignment.
Learning the basics and expanding upon them is a staple of reporting. Researching provides the cold hard facts when done correctly while interviews can help to provide a sense of where the information belongs and the context in which to use it in. Researching the topic helps to lead to a better news story rather then going in and just conducting an interview without the supporting context from the facts. Accuracy also be at thee core of the story to properly inform the reader and retain said readers. Information for stories can come from a variety of different sources. These can range from public speeches and news conferences to meetings and sports events. Information gleaned from these types of events must be accurate.
Another way to go about finding stories is to look for them in everyday life rather then looking for the big ticket stories that will receive coverage from every other outlet. By finding local stories of similar styles, a reporter can get a groove going that will allow them to gain readers and a reputation with the local community. Getting immersed in an area will help to humanize the reporter, making them seem like an average Joe to the readers. Doing this will allow better coverage of local topics due to being known around town. Keeping in contact with past interviewees is also an action to be undertaken so that the reporter seems more human to the readers.
Being a journalistic writer is no easy feat, and chapters 7 and 8 of Filak do not sugar coat anything. These chapter explain how you should attempt to iron out all the kinks in your story, those kinks including grammar and sentence structure. As someone with dyslexia, I completely understand this process and have gone through it with ever writing I have produced. Filak also explains how “beat” reporting is used and what exactly it is. Beat reporting is, in short, a very specialized report. I can only assume you assigned this reading assignment due to the upcoming disaster drill that we must write about. We have to be precise and make sure our organization of the topic is on lock. Any slip of information can cause the entire story to be thrown out of whack. For general beat reporting, looking into the topic at hand deeply will ensure that your story comes out as clean as it possibly can.