Interviewing is one the most important tools for journalists. It is the way you receive the information for stories, depending on what the story is about.

Embrace the digital age. “Online tools can help journalists find interviewees, record notes and review them.” Stay calm and remain courteous if you encounter a interviewee that is hard to deal with. You may come across someone that is tough or hostile. Go over your notes before putting away your notebook for a break. If not, you might be able to understand what some of the jumbled notes are later on.

Your reputation is important. Any veteran subject might ask you about yourself and your methods. The best interviewees are those that are eager to learn about others that they meet and those that are curious about the things around them. It is important that you are enthusiastic as well because you need to show that you believe in the purpose of the interview.


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Journalism is using your perspective to re-interpret the world around you. I love looking at journalism like this because its your story and its how you view things from the facts and evidence you’ve gathered.

For interviews:

If you interview people in a place that has some relevance to your story then you will have a greater success. Finding a good location is for an interview is essential. Preparing your questions ahead of time is also essential because you will be prepared and ahead of the game. If you aren’t prepared and don’t have anywhere to go with the interview then it won’t be as successful.

Set the rules for the interview upfront. Make sure that the interviewee understands what your story is about and that there is no confusion.

Be on time. If you tell someone that your going to be there at a certain time and don’t make it, it leaves a bad impression.

Always make sure that your equipment is working before the interview. If your laptop is charged, if you have paper and pen, if you need any extra batteries, tapes, disks, etc.

Be  sure again to note the location. It is essential! If the background is too noisy and your recording then you might want to change locations.

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“Be the data project you want to see on the web.”

Data projects that are great don’t usually come with great data sets, they come with great questions. I thought that this was a great way to look at online projects because it gives you a sense of creativity. If you have great questions to ask then you will never be in the dark.

“If you turn up for the daily news meeting without a story idea, you’re probably in the wrong job.” This is definitely something that I did not know. I always thought that newspapers just handed you story ideas or a topic to cover and that you would just go and write. However, you also have to have ideas about what you want to cover and what would be a good story, which involves research and reading as well.

Greg Linch believes that if your going to be in journalism and tell the best stories then you should be able to tell them in more than just one way. Such as: video, photos, polls, and audio. If you learn how to use all of these effectively then you can get your story out in more ways. You don’t have to be the best video recorder or have the best voice in the world but you can use this effectively to get your story out. Who knows how good you can become with practice!

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“Journalism is about finding facts, interpreting their importance, and then sharing that information with the audience.”

The thing about journalism is if you find something important you must check its facts. Before you write something and report it to the audience you need to get your story straight. “The facts we uncover, research and present have the power to cause misunderstandings, damage and could change the course of history.”

Journalists need to find resources that can give them accurate information to tell a story in the correct order that they need to tell it. The facts need to be told in order, or the reader might be confused about the story.

“If we lose our reputation for accuracy we lose everything.” People aren’t going to want to read an article from a journalist if they are not known for accuracy and businesses are not going to want to publish them either.

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“Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper”
Mother Teresa

When I first saw this I thought it said leopard so I was laughing. First of all your not going to catch one . . . then if you do, its going to be near impossible to bathe it. I was thinking this is exactly what dealing with the media is like! Then I read it again and noticed it said leper. This as well is a great comparison to dealing with the media. Journalism is not going to be easy but I believe that if your heart is in it then you could do anything you want to do!

I also stumbled upon a few quotes that I thought were really mean about journalism and journalists but it just goes to show you what your dealing with when you decide to take a job.

“If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”- Norman Mailer


I, however, disagree completely and I believe that it takes talent, hard work, and creativeness to be a journalist.

“Journalists are like dogs, whenever anything moves they begin to bark.” -Arthur Schopenahauer 


This is extremely true! If you are a journalist you have to follow everything and see if there is a story and if it is going to make the news. You have to find the story to write one so you can do your job.





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B L O G :)

“And after about two years, I realized that creative writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests. So I switched over to journalism. I didn’t graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.”-Bob Schieffer.

I really like Bob’s view of journalism and how he decided to graduate with something that he loved to do, journalism. It just goes to show you that if your good at creative writing and journalism then you should do what you love! Someone once said, “If you do what you love to do you’ll never work a day in your life.”

  • “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”- Henry Anatole Grunwald 
This is so true! If you take a job in journalism it is because you love writing and you love the get stories out, truthful stories. Henry made a good point because he is right, not all journalism is going to be good news! But it is news and we have to learn how to deal with it and write the facts truthfully.
My favorite quote, however, is “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.”  I think this quote speaks for itself!

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Blog. . . we meet again.

A few pointers for writing, journalism, and reporters are:

-First of all, who are we writing for?

-What is the basic story structure?

-Story essentials, targeted writing, tips for good writing.

-Get the first two paragraphs right.

These are very good questions, thoughts, and approaches when it comes to writing a story and reporting it.

Thank gosh for our freedom of speech and that we can tell everything how it was accounted for. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

Learning how to connect with people online could play an important role in your journalistic career.  Blog comments, Twitter, Facebook are all applicable. Reading new stuff as well to keep you updated and your mind sharp is ideal. Read other journalist’s posts, blogs, and their comments. “Be a good, unique, valuable journalist.”

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Blog Again . . . how lovely!

A few facts that can helps journalists are as follows:

-Breaking news is more likely to be online first before being on TV. You have Twitter, Facebook, and all of these media outlets that are contrasting the journalism world.

-The breaking news is covered by a non-journalist first hand.

-Cellphones are a primary tool. You can access the internet and anyone you need to with them.

In print journalism, if a reporter adds something in with the story that isn’t true and might ruin the person’s reputation is called Libel. And this is referred to as slander.

Journalism is about presenting facts as stories. Bunches and bunches of facts are old and boring. LAME!!!! Who wants to read a bunch of boring? Which is why reporters tell these facts, full and true, but in a sense of action related suspense or anything they can think of really to lure us in and make us want to read and learn without the boredom.

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When you are a journalism major you learn about all of the different types of journalism, including: magazine, newspaper, online journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, and even public relations. Writing, editing and reporting are the key skills, however, a knowledge of history, culture, and current events are important as well.

Like I have said before, because it keeps popping up on every website for journalism, journalism’s first obligation is to the truth. Journalism isn’t about making up our own stories or assuming what happened to someone else’s . . . that’s fairytales! Journalists are writers but they are a different kind of writer.

With Citizen journalism you have to work with it. Your version, thoughts, and opinions might not obscure the truth, although, in some cases it helps to questions professional publications as a happy medium. Readers check the facts and want to know the truth, so accuracy is a must.

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Professional journalists should recognize that their first obligation is to the public.”

By constantly seeking the truth and reporting anything that is wrong we give the audience fairness. We give the sources and anyone involved in the story fairness. We need to seek the stories out with compassion and not be stereotypical in any way.

For visual journalists, they need to respect the pictures that they have taken. Again, try to be humble when dealing with subjects. Editing should maintain the integrity of the original photo. Journalists should treat the subjects with respect as well.

Some journalists standards are as follows:





“If the quote comes from another news outlet, the journalist must credit it.”

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