The key to good reporting is good research. That’s why every reporter starts a story by reading as much as possible about a particular subject. Before putting pen to paper, a reporter must do research.

Being a journalist is like being a detective. Reporting is collecting information. You can’t write a news story until you have collected all of the facts from reliable sources. When researching facts, make sure to back them up with multiple sources.

Follow these steps and start turning research into news.

Visit the library to gather information about your topic. No detail is too small, no story too great. Take good notes! Investigate.

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