It’s not too early to form an I-Team

Even at a small campus paper, you can do a big investigation if you plan ahead. See if you can get four to five people interested in taking on a big project. Over a term you’ve got between 10-15 weeks to carry it out. Rarely these days do reporters take on big projects by themselves. That’s particularly true since it is no longer enough to prove a case and write up a story. These days, you need to package your story and that means art, video and audio. So who do you want on an I-Team? Look for people with different skills:

  • Someone good with numbers and spreadsheets.
  • Someone with good news judgement — who can spot the story in all the information you are bound to gather.
  • Someone who can handle the visuals– the photos and videos.
  • Someone good with audio.
  • And of course, a solid interviewer.

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Okay, this is the A-Team and you want an I-Team. But note how each member of the A-Team brought different skills to the team.

Make sure everyone understands who is in charge. You don’t want to put a lot of work into a big reporting project only to have it fall apart over disagreements. There needs to be someone in charge who can make the difficult calls when disagreements arise.

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