I’m in the middle
of researching an article for Truthdig.com and I’m reflecting on
the process and how not to get surprised when my research may take me to some
unexpected places. And in particular, this story.
I pitched a
particular point of view and was sure I was solid in my approach. But, guess
what? While my initial approach did hold up, my interviews took me into a new
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What’s the Difference
Writing Hard News, Feature and Investigative Journalism?
I’ve been a writer and journalist various formats most of my professional career. I’ve been a reporter of hardnews, features and investigative pieces. It’s been an interesting ride and if you asked me which format I like more, I’d say all of them. They are just different.
I also realize most folks I talk to are not familiar with … Read the rest
I’m sitting with a group of strangers in a local church that has offered this Shut Up and Write Meet Up space to write.
We are all here to work on whatever it is we are writing. Some are writing novels, short stories, blogs, school papers and lots of stuff I don’t know about. And, of course, it doesn’t matter because the beauty of this type of group is that … Read the rest
In addition to the big newspapers, there are many other sources to find excellent, well-researched stories.
Bias alert here: While I was actively working at news agencies, I did not observe my colleagues slanting a story to suit their bias. In fact, more than once, during an investigation, there were surprises we did not expect while in working a story. Our pride was in doing the required amount of research, … Read the rest