By Ren LaForme
Journalism may be a shifting industry, but one thing remains the same – journalists still need to come up with story ideas to entice readers.
Where do the majority of journalists get their stories?
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein had to work to get their story. They trawled through interviews and stalked sources until they got to the center of the Watergate scandal.
Other journalists get big stories delivered directly to their notebook – like when Washington Post op-ed columnist Robert Novak was given the name of an undercover CIA operative by a member of the Bush Administration.
At The Spectrum, we get our ideas from a variety of sources. Some of the most common are:
- Press releases from the University at Buffalo, Student Life, the Student Association, clubs, recording companies, artists, authors and the government
- A weekly safety report we get from the University Police Department
- Local newspapers, Web sites, radio stations and other publications
- Other campus newspapers, such as the Syracuse Daily Orange or the Harvard Crimson
- UB student leaders, such as SA Acting President Ernesto Alvarado, former President Hassan Farah, College Democrats President Kinsey Davidson and College Republicans President Robert Matthews
- Outspoken professors, such as Jim Holstun and Gerald Finnegan
- Blogs like the UB Freethinkers
One of my favorite sources is the Student Newspaper Survival Blog and its corresponding book. The site, and especially the book, offer a multitude of links that any journalist can utilize to find great story ideas.
Where else can journalists get story ideas?