Week 2: How the hell do I find a good story idea?

Sometimes a great yarn can be staring you in the face. Photo: musubk/flickr/CC

BY MARK GATELY

Potholes in local roads aren’t just something to be cursed because they set your teeth on edge when you hit one. They affect everyone – slowing traffic and causing damage to cars. They could even be a sign of local government corruption.

They are also the perfect example of not having to travel far to hit a good idea.

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Finding CC-licenced images

spray painted copyright symbol
Copyright! Photo: Horia Varlan/CC/Flickr

At #teamTAFE you’ll hear this over and over again: copyright matters! There are laws in place [pdf] to ensure we don’t just use whatever content we find online. Admittedly those laws are complex because they can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Many countries use their own copyright laws to determine whether or not a violation has occurred. You can read more about international copyright law here.

You should just assume you cannot steal borrow the wonderful stuff you find online.

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