The writing of a reporter

Breaking the Mold: A Conversation

In Journalism on September 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

There are conversations about the theory of journalism that constantly happen in the newsroom. How to approach this person about that topic. Where to rebuild bridges long thought to be burned. What’s a good way to shorten the article. And so on.

Recently, I stopped by someone’s desk and we chatted about when to use an anecdotal lede and when to use a fact lede.


Comical observations

In Journalism on September 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Sometimes this is how I imagine the world sees writers.

Novellas in the newsroom

In Journalism on September 15, 2014 at 2:00 am

Most of the things I write about are short compared to things in the big dog papers. We’re talking my 400 — think one page in a college essay — words about the latest city council meeting compared to a 2,000 word article — three pages.

But there are smaller stories that unfold on the police scanner that people almost never know. Miniature moments of life that are called into the 911 dispatch center and announced for a limited number of people to hear. The heart attacks, domestic disputes and people locked in the closet.