Unit 2: General Assignment Reporting; Beat Reporting; Types of Beat Reporting – News Writing And Reporting Analysis Class Notes

Political Reporting

  • Politicians
  • Political parties
  • Governance
  • Policies
  • Sources are important
  • Good rapport with politicians
  • Media Cell
  • General Elections – Campaigning
  • Alliances & Withdrawal of support
  • Political rallies
  • Gov. actions and inactions
  • The general structure of the gov.

BBC Political reporter Adam Fleming shares his journalistic advice on reporting politics. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/20938414

  • Be a good listener
  • Have a good memory
  • Learn the lingo
  • Be wary of numbers
  • Don’t be worried if you don’t feel like an expert
  • Try to get a straight answer
  • Be polite
  • Spot a change
  • Watch lots of news
  • Keep your political opinions to yourself

Education Reporting

Environment Reporting

Religious Reporting

  • Communalism, immigration
  • Positive: festivals, scriptures
  • Be fair and impartial – strike a balance
  • Should not be preachy – have passion, respect and curiosity of all religions

Speech Reporting

Cultural Reporting

  • Different aspects of culture
  • Popular culture – tv programs, cinema
  • Religion-based traditions
  • Art forms – literature, music, painting, theatre/plays/drama, dance
  • Food, Dressing/Clothing
  • The decoration of the living room
  • Develop sources
  • Breezy, Creative, informal, feature type of articles

Sports Reporting

Parliament Reporting

  • Parliamentary procedures
  • Laws
  • Privileges
  • Politicians, Political parties
  • History
  • Contempt of parliament
  • What Bills are tabled on – stalling the bill – reasons for the debate – context

Court/Crime Reporting

  • Types of crime: murder, assault, rape, robbery, burglary, cheating
  • Checklist for reporting on a Homicide
    • Victim identification
    • Time, date and place of death
    • how it happened
    • types of weapon
    • the official cause of death (post-mortem report)
    • clues to identify the killer
    • who discovered the body
    • police comment
    • motive – why
    • Comments from neighbours and friends
    • Consequences of the victim’s family (effect on the family)
  • Checklist if there’s an Arrest
    • name & identification of the person arrested
    • victims names
    • time, place & date of death
    • exact charge – sections as per the law
    • circumstances of arrest
    • offices involved in the investigation
    • bail
  • Checklist for burglary reporting
    • goods stolen – money, jewellery
    • time, place
    • entrance
    • any unusual circumstances
    • arrest made

War Reporting