Summer is a great time to practice some investigative reporting skills.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll lay out a series of tasks you can do so that when you return to school in the fall, you’ll be all set to form your I-Team and get going.
Summer skills task #1
Train yourself to find investigative story ideas. Read your local newspaper’s website
daily. Find a story about some kind of problem. It might be a breaking news story. It might be a comment from someone in a write up of a city council meeting. Create a chart. In one column write a list of questions you have from what you read that the reporter failed to ask. In the other column come up with one person or place that might have the answer to that question.
To give yourself bonus points, shoot out a public records request for information about that problem.