The Skills of a Great Journalist Essay

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The stories in which journalists report, create conversations at dinner with family, or a topic at the pub with friends. Without journalism, what would we know? It is because of journalists we can know what is happening on the other side of the world, in the comfort of our living rooms. As journalists we are watchdogs for the public, we represent the absent, and answer all their questions.

Journalists over time develop their skills of spotting what will make good news. When finding my own news stories, I struggled to find stories that an audience would find interesting. When reporting news it often falls into categories (Harcup, 2009, P43). This list helped me to look at the different categories, which is considered news. However, I
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The stories in which journalists report, create conversations at dinner with family, or a topic at the pub with friends. Without journalism, what would we know? It is because of journalists we can know what is happening on the other side of the world, in the comfort of our living rooms. As journalists we are watchdogs for the public, we represent the absent, and answer all their questions.

Journalists over time develop their skills of spotting what will make good news. When finding my own news stories, I struggled to find stories that an audience would find interesting. When reporting news it often falls into categories (Harcup, 2009, P43). This list helped me to look at the different categories, which is considered news. However, I needed to develop my skills in finding good news. Some news isn’t always new, (Harcup, 2009, P44) and finding my own story, which wasn’t already covered, was difficult. I looked into local sources that could provide me with information, which hadn’t been released or was of interest of the press. Journalists use sources on a daily basis to help provide new stories (Harcup, 2009, P60). I felt contacting a source, such as my local council, would be provide me with a story. This decision worked out well, the council provided me with a story, which I followed up with an interview with a council member, and reported it for my original story. Looking into Leveson’s quote also, the press does become vital in discovering the stories, which need to be
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