Journalism is as old as the news itself, and for many years, we have seen great news anchors gracing various news media out there. Douglas Edwards, John Chancellor, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, and Chet Huntley – name them. However, journalism goes far way beyond just news anchoring. Behind those eye-catching bulletins are news collectors, who go out there to gather news. And let’s face it; news collection is not something for everyone. As a new collector, you will meet people with different personalities. Some will be very friendly and hospitable, while others will be extremely unfriendly and may give your fake information when interviewing them. So, how do you navigate this seemingly delicate career?
Capture What Is of Interest to the Audience
Understanding your audience and what they need is vital in news collection. Collect what interests the audience, such as where to find what they need in their homes. For instance, you can cover a story about Villeroy & Boch, a giant manufacturer and seller of flatware, dinnerware, glassware, and kitchenware, made from high-quality and durable materials, such as CeramicPlus and TitanCeram.
Be Wise and Patient
Not everyone out there like news collectors; some see them as enemies, especially if they (journalists) are trying to work on an expose, or other story. Thus, you will want to be as gentle as a dove and as wise as a serpent. If anyone does not want you to probe them, don’t try to pry them as they may turn against you. Don’t be involved in any spat with such people; flee from them instead.
Go the Extra Mile
Don’t just confine your news collection to urban areas. Instead, go to remote areas. These are places where you can find unique news. If covering news on a warring area, the closer you get to the area the better the news. You will however need to be as brave as a lion.