Covering breaking news

As someone who worked as a breaking news editor for The Maneater and really enjoys the thrill of a breaking news story, I absolutely loved the topics covered in lecture this past week. While a lot of what was covered were basics, there was quite a bit of information that would have been extremely helpful to have known last year.

I think my favorite part, however, was during Thursday’s lecture when we divided into groups and tried to figure out a game plan for covering a breaking news story (a fire at the Tiger Hotel) in a news room. It was not only fun, but also super informative. Turns out, I was doing so many things wrong.

Sandra Schiefer, the librarian for the Columbia Missourian, also came in for Tuesday’s class and spoke with us about searching for things on the internet. While I remember hearing from her this past summer in my J2100 class, it was great to get a refresher on it. I know from firsthand experience how frustrating it can be when you can’t find the data or information that you’re looking for for a story. This lecture and review of google searching will hopefully help me to avoid these frustrations in the future.

 

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