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Common newsroom problem: Story ideas

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This episode explores a common newsroom problem: story ideas. Here are some questions you can ask your class.

  1. How have you come up with some story ideas? Are there some tips you can share with the class?
  2. Let’s talk about the way you think an interview should go. Is it better to stick to the questions you wrote in advance? Or, should you abandon them when a better idea comes up?
  3. According to the podcast, sometimes, the end of one story is the beginning of the next one. Have you ever gotten a new story out of your old story?
  4. We know that lists are great ways to find story ideas. What are some places you’ve found lists? What are some other suggestions for finding lists?
  5. How often do you talk to new people for stories, or do you find yourself talking to the same people all the time?
  6. Let’s share some of our own tips for coming up with story ideas.


  • Micheline Maynard

    Micheline is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post concentrating on business and culture. She has written about flooding in Detroit, tainted water in Benton Harbor, nationwide shortages of restaurant staff, and vaccine hesitancy.


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