NEWS GATHERING

4     Getting the story

‘I always wanted to be a reporter. There was never anything else, nothing as exciting. The great joy of reporting is going out and coming back with complete chaos. You’ve got some ideas, a few notes in the notebook, a few rushes in the can – all kinds of different things – and you’ve got to put it all together to make a story. It’s a great feeling of satisfaction.’

– STEPHEN COLE, BBC WORLD NEWS

News editors are to broadcast journalism what generals are to warfare. They set the objectives, weigh the resources and draw up the plan of campaign. Under their command are the officers and troops on the ground.

Some news editors prefer to be in the thick of battle, directing the action from the front line, ...

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