NEWS GATHERING

3     News sources

‘Journalism – an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space’

– REBECCA WEST, NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE

There are some days when news just seems to fall into your lap. Everywhere you turn another story is breaking. Days like these are a journalist’s dream.

The nightmare begins in the holiday season when nothing seems to happen. Local check calls to the police elicit jokey offers from bored constables to ‘go out and bite a dog for you’.

And so the media resort to clutching at flying saucers and running items about nude bathing on the beaches. This is known as the silly season.

Most times the newsperson’s lot is somewhere between these extremes. What stories there are have to be dug for. Graft is required ...

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