Covering a college campus means reporting on some of the incredible research that takes place here: tiny windmills as energy sources, analyses of concussions and football, cancer treatments, and more. Check out this great website for a breakdown of some key terms your sources may use when describing their work and academic studies. How could it be helpful to you?
REPORTERS can find a breakdown of common jargon to help them prepare better questions before interviews, as well as clarify terms in their writing.
PHOTOGRAPHERS and DESIGNERS can use a study’s methodology to brainstorm ideas that can show how the study came together (or is coming together). Action shots trump “guy in office” shots any day. Graphics can demonstrate steps through a process or results.
COPY EDITORS and EDITORS can test logic in stories: Does the story include all relevant detail, steps or conclusions? Are we reading the conclusions the right way? What assumptions have we made that we shouldn’t have?
Please take a look at this. Print it out and stick it in your beat book.