Basic Information on Interviewing and Gathering Information

Digging for Information

Level III Reporting – What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong

Either outline your own story (look at page 243), or use one of the press releases found here or at one of the sites above to outline a story by:

I. Listing the facts you will take from the press release

II. Brainstorming about where you can get additional background

Listing people you might interview

Listing some possible questions for them

III. If applicable, list some possible consequences or other Level III-type information

Here is the slideshow on gathering information.


Here are the slides on interviewing. Please take the time to examine some of the interview examples and information links more closely.

Here is more information on interviewing.

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