CHAPTER 3

Developing Stories

CONTENTS

Introduction

Advancing the Story

Avoiding the Pack

Localization

Tips

Confidentiality

Accuracy of Sources

Gaining Confidence

Leaks

Trial Balloons

Authoritative or Informed Sources

Background Briefings

Keeping in Touch

Summary

KEY WORDS

Accuracy

Advancing Stories

Background

Briefings

Confidentiality

Double Sourcing

Leaks

Localization

Pack Reporting

Trial Balloons

Triple Sourcing

Summary

INTRODUCTION

As reporters and anchors become known and respected by their audience, they receive telephone calls, emails, and letters about a variety of subjects. Some are letters of praise, some are complaints. Also included among those calls and letters are news tips. A number of the most important stories aired on radio ...

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