Keys to covering a beat

It’s about RELATIONSHIPS. It’s about LEARNING THE ISSUES YOUR SOURCES CARE ABOUT. It’s about PLANNING AHEAD. It’s about RELATIONSHIPS. It’s about ASKING BASIC QUESTIONS. It’s about TRUSTING YOUR GUT WHEN IT COMES TO NEWS. It’s about FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS. It’s about COFFEE, JUICE, MAYBE EVEN BEER. It’s about TALKING TO ALL PARTIES, NOT JUST THE OFFICIAL ONES. It’s about  DOING YOUR HOMEWORK, INCLUDING STUDYING THE COMPETITION.  It’s about ASKING FOR GUIDANCE, IDEAS, HELP. It’s about RELATIONSHIPS.

Here are some stories I did where covering a beat helped me make or break news.

Travel costs go beyond pain at the pump for many.

Stricter enforcement of airline safety regs likely means more trouble for airlines with older planes.

Travelocity gets fined for booking trips to Cuba.

Multimedia storytelling

This is a NYT multimedia project that had people buzzing for months. I think they still are and rightfully so.

Another great multimedia piece from the same guy at the NYT who led the Snow Fall project.

Some award winners here. Look at the student entries.

This is another powerful example of multimedia storytelling.

Thanks to Stacie for passing this one along from CNN. And to Lexi for suggesting this one from the Guardian. And to Mario for this one.