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Making news Francesca Vella
What to write about... Broaden your horizons: look at both local and foreign news for inspiration National Geographic – particularly good for striking photographs WWF – World Wildlife Fund The environment section of many news agencies (e.g. BBC News and the Guardian)
When looking at local news... What are people talking about? And what are they not talking about? Look at news, blogs and people’s comments How could I develop existing stories further? How could I raise awareness on themes and subjects of particular importance?
Once you’ve chosen what you’re going to tackle... It is important to know details about the topic you're tackling and this needs to be reliable You need as much background information as possible Your sources: the people you speak to need to be reliable
Reporting in a comprehensive manner Your aim should be to give facts, bringing out both positive and negative aspects, and trying to start having some answers to your questions If your article is going to include criticism, aim to make it constructive
Your agenda: The truth When writing an article, you should not have hidden agendas Your only agenda should be to seek the truth Don’t be sensationalist just for the sake of it
Never stop asking Ask as many questions as possible: The outcome of your story depends on your questions If there are any questions that have been left unanswered, point this out in your article
You have all the material you need... Time for presentation The headline needs to attract attention Your lead paragraph needs to be concise, to the point and grippping Use direct quotes to make your story more credible Think of striking photographs that could complement your story You could use one or two important quotes in larger font
Comment is free, but facts are sacred - C.P. Scott Editor of the Manchester Guardian (now the Guardian)
What stories would you like to tackle? What would you like people to start talking about? Would you like to raise awareness on a particular topic? How do you intend going about it?
How would you tackle these stories? 200 tonnes of fly ash released into the atmosphere (The Malta Independent, 23 May 2010)
Film company apologises for Dwejra disaster (timesofmalta.com, 2 November 2010)
SmartCity tunnel works endangering Wied Blandun – Fgura mayor (MaltaToday, 6 November 2010)
Injured sea turtles: Fishermen urged to cut nylon close to turtles’ mouths (The Malta Independent, 26 July 2011)