Here are some ways to generate good story ideas that will not only offer a modicum of employment protection but which can also prime the pump of higher-level reporting and storytelling along the way.
Among all the changes in the news industry, perhaps the most impactful for writers is the dramatic expansion of outlets to obtain information.
The technique breaks a complicated topic down into smaller, more manageable ideas or issues; each smaller topic becomes its own mini story.
You can’t get great details without trying to get them, and you can’t use them effectively without practice. Believe me, it is worth the effort.
My hope is to provide a monthly column that writers and editors will enjoy but also find useful in honing their craft. We’re on this journey together, and I think it will be quite a ride.