How To Cover Money S1, E6: Finding Sources

by February 23, 2015

The Reynolds Center podcast, How To Cover Money, is co-hosted by Reynolds Center director Micki Maynard and executive podcast producer Mark Remillard, a reporter with KTAR News in Phoenix. It’s free, and you can find it on iTunes or listen below.

This week, in Series 1 Episode 6, we look at finding a variety of sources for money stories.

Business journalists and reporters who cover money often find themselves needing sources on short notice. In the podcast, we recommend that journalists consider a variety of people, from professors and Wall Street analysts to former company executives.

We encourage journalists to try to find diverse sources, including women and members of different ethnic groups. They also need to avoid quoting the same people over and over again.

Here are questions that professors and teachers can ask their students.

1) What are some of the places that you’ve found sources on deadline?

2) Do you think news organizations do a good job in presenting diverse points of views? Why or why not?

3) Could you track down a former company executive? Where are some of the places that you would look?

4) Have you found professors to be useful sources? Who are some people that have been particularly helpful?

5) Have you ever stopped using a source? What was the reason? What would you tell your fellow students about trusting sources?

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