Generating Story Ideas: Reporters' Boot Camp

Course Overview

Title:
Generating Story Ideas: Reporters' Boot Camp
Type:
Seminar Snapshot
Cost:
$24.95
Time Estimate:
The video replay is about an hour long, but you can watch it at your own pace.

You can buy this seminar snapshot for $24.95 or all three in this series for $69.95 here

About Seminar Snapshots

A Seminar Snapshot features video highlights that capture the key learning of a seminar presentation.

Good story ideas don't just fall into the laps of writers and reporters. They come from your own curiosity about the world and finding the true potential behind any story.

This Seminar Snapshot contains edited video highlights from a presentation by Tom French and Kelley Benham. French is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist teaches reporting and writing in newsrooms and at conferences around the world. Benham is an award-winning writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times, with a special interest in narrative writing and in reporting on bioethics.

This video snapshot is part of a daylong workshop at Poynter Institute on June 24, 2013. You can see all the on-demand replays from that event here: Reporters' Boot Camp 2013: A Poynter Broadcast Training Package.

What Will I Learn:
  • What makes a good story idea
  • Tips for finding and sharpening ideas
  • Rising above cliches
Who should take this course:

Any reporter looking for practical guidance in finding stories, building relationships with sources and interviewing.

Instructor: 

Kelley Benham

Kelley Benham is an award-winning writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times, with a special interest in narrative writing and in reporting on bioethics. She is the winner of the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, the National Headliner Award, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors awards for short feature and general feature, the Green Eyeshade Award and a regional Emmy. She has run the paper’s enterprise team and edited its Floridian feature section.

Instructor: 

Thomas French

Thomas French, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, teaches reporting and writing in newsrooms and at conferences around the world. After a long career as a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), he teaches at Indiana University's journalism school and at The Poynter Institute as a Writing Fellow. He is the author of three nonfiction books, including Zoo Story, a New York Times bestseller on life and death inside Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.