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How to Write a News Report

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How to Write a News Report

1. Figure out what to write about.

News reports are about something that is happening now or that just recently happened. Current issues, events, crimes, and investigations are good subjects for news reports. Other styles of journalism are better for things like profiles, advice articles, and opinion pieces.

  • 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.

Once you find out what you want to write about, go there. You might need to go to the scene of a crime, a business, the courthouse, or an event. It will be difficult to write about something that you are not present at.
  • 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.

Who you interview will depend on what you are reporting on. You will want to get a broad range of quotes for your report, so try to interview an array of people. Good people to interview are event coordinators, lawyers, police, business owners, volunteers, participants, and witnesses. If you need to find people to schedule interviews with them, use the internet to find contact information. You can also interview people directly at the scene, depending on your news report topic.
  • 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.

When you are back at your home or your office, transcribe the interviews and any speeches. Listen to your recordings and type out everything (or at least the most important parts) of the interviews and speeches. This will make finding information for the report and any quotes easier.
  • Make sure you review your transcriptions to make sure they’re accurate. You don’t want to misquote someone.

5. Do research on the subject.

News reports are about what happened in the moment, but it is good to do basic research on the subject. Research any companies, people, or programs that you are reporting on to make sure you have your facts straight. Double check spelling of names, dates, and any information you have gathered to make sure it is correct.

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