BY RUTH BERAN
First, a quick news quiz!
What is a newsroom?
The newsroom is where stories are prepared and put together for broadcast or publication.
Who is in the newsroom?
The people in a newsroom can differ depending on the outlet.
As well as the Editor or Chief of Staff, the staff in a newsroom can include:
- Camera crew
- Sound and lighting technicians
- Archival staff or librarians (sometimes)
- Graphic designers
- News desk coordinators
How does the newsroom work?
Every newsroom is different, but generally a newsroom works along these lines:
- Stories come into the newsroom in a variety of ways:
- Media releases
- Contacts providing tip-offs
- Coverage of newsworthy activities
- Story leads followed up by journalists
- Stories assigned to journalists by their editor
- Chasing up new angles on current stories by journalists
- Editors in chief will often hold news conferences where journalists pitch or are assigned stories
- The journalists will cover their assigned stories, this can be done in the field or from the newsroom with use of archival material
- Photographers and camera crew will go out and record visuals and sound
- Stories are then put together for deadline
- Stories will often be fact checked
- If a big news story occurs, some stories from the day may be cut back or even spiked
Choose a large story from the news that interests you. See what has already been published on that story.
Can you find a different angle? Even better, can you find three different angles (remember you’re more likely to get a story up if you have more than one option for your editor)
Now pitch that story angle to your editor in the News conference.
Here’s an example to get you started
COVID-19 is a massive news story at the moment. Some new angles that have been covered recently include:
- There’s unproven tech in the NBA’s COVID-19 prevention plan
- How culinary schools plan a return to the kitchen during pandemic: Andrew Coppolino
- Is my cat safe from coronavirus? Our pet vet answers your questions
Can you think of other angles?