Don’t forget the News Angle

Great ideas for investigative stories don’t always involve something new. Sometimes the best investigative stories come about when a reporter decides to expose a long-standing problem that people have chosen to ignore.

But it is difficult to sell an investigative idea to an editor without a news angle. And without a good one, you won’t get good play for your story on your organization’s web site or paper edition.

So as you gather your information keep an eye and ear out for any and all news angles. If someone mentions an upcoming meeting on the topic jot that down. That’s a news angle. If there is a proposed change to legislation in the works, take note. That’s a news angle. When someone gets hired or fired, that can be a news angle.

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