Following a Journalistic Story

Recently the New York Times reported on senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to introduce a public health option in an upcoming bill.  This is certainly an important story to be following, however my question is what happens if such a story fizzles.

We’ve all had this sort of experience.  When starting a paper or other assignment I usually have a great outlook on the way things are going to turn out.  However after delving into the research the outlook sometimes turns dim.  Interviews fall through, research efforts bear little fruit and the progress seems to grind to a halt.  The project looks nothing like what you imagined it upon conception.

For me, there are certain measures I take in order to ensure success:

  • First, list all characteristics of what you hope the final project to look like.
  • Second, identify all the necessary tasks in order to complete the project on time (Phone calls to make, interviews to conduct, etc.).
  • Third, map out these tasks on a calendar leaving plenty of time to write and edit the final product.
  • Another good thing to do is make a “point of no return” by which you should have a good idea of whether or not the product will be a successful one.

For more helpful hints, College Board has many tips for success.

I anxiously await a follow up on where Mr. Reid’s public health option will lead.  Moreover, I await how the news will cover senators’ efforts to make public health care a reality.


One response to “Following a Journalistic Story

  1. Content: 4 Great post. Very useful. Glad to see you have such a solid plan — many people don’t. Loved the way you wove Reid into it — those are good journalistic and storytelling instincts. Good use of bullets
    Links: 3
    Grammar: 3
    Perfecto! Keep it up.

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