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.
- 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.