1. Figure out what to write about.
- Ask around for story ideas, especially government officials and public relations representatives.
- Scan the news to see what is already happening. This could lead to you finding other story ideas that are related.
- Search your city or county’s website or directory for local events that are coming up.
- Attend city council meetings to find out if there are any local issues happening in your area.
- Sit in on trials at the courthouse and see if anything interesting happens that you could report on.
2. Go to the scene.
- Write down everything you see and everything that takes place.
- Record and take notes of any speeches that occur at events. Make sure to get the names of the speakers.
3. Conduct interviews.
- If the story is controversial or political, make sure to get both sides of the issue.
- Prepare sample questions, but don’t necessarily stick to them.
- Think of an interview as a conversation.
- Record the interview.
- Make sure to get the full names (spelled correctly) of anyone you interviewed.
4. Transcribe the interviews and speeches.
- Make sure you review your transcriptions to make sure they’re accurate. You don’t want to misquote someone.