Welcome, Spring 2012 staff! This is the second in our What I Learned Today series. Reporter Krista Torralva shared tips she learned during training today:
From Star-Telegram Reporter Susan McFarland’s session on covering breaking news:
Describe the scene – It is better to have more stuff than not enough.
Have a breaking news checklist:
_ Notify online immediately
_ Notify photo desk
_ Call your editor
_ Get a couple of sentences from police/witnesses for online
_ Ask for photo of victim/ take photos
_ Look for a facebook page/memorial pagr
_ Ask for all public documents to take back
_ Get cell phone numbers for EVERYONE.
_ Weave in updates
Be a thorn in sources side – Call, email. Then when something happens, they’ll think to notify you first.
Always have your laptop and camera.
Look into everything – something small may turn out to be big.
Set up a media camp at the scene – police usually spot television crews, so go stand by them.
Thank you, Krista, for sharing! Share what you learned today by commenting here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.