Led by Michael Sewall, an editor at Patch, my penultimate session at this Chicago conference discussed some really simple techniques that not enough journalists take advantage of.
Although Sewall’s session was based mostly around enterprise and in-depth reporting, he described techniques that span all facets of journalism. He recommended different ways for editors to hold writers accountable for long-form stories (which can be difficult for an editor, especially at a university student newspaper). As for the reporter, Sewall recommended easy ways to plan out your story — setting deadlines for individual milestones, reserving blocks of time in your week specifically for reporting on that story, etc.
Sewall’s suggestions may seem obvious, but journalists don’t use them nearly enough. Through the help of this (useful albeit slightly boring) session, I learned how I can implement these techniques as both a reporter and an editor in the future.
— Rebecca Iannucci