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Filing stories: the new paradigm

Here’s a matrix comparing the old way and new way of filing stories when you have an online desk. At best the reporter and the online desk should work as a team, the reporter sending what information she can before, during and immediately after the event. There are lots of technologies to help reporters do this. Choose the ones that work best for you and the situation.

Filing a story

Old way

New way

Online desk

Preparation

Prepare

Background

Template

Coordinate with online desk

Forewarned

Has template ready

Prepares page, pics etc

Grab

Recording: Interviews

Notes:

Handouts:

Recordings: Interviews, sound

Notes

Photos

Videos

Receives live feed: sound, video

Multimedia: CD Rom

Email digital or photo scan of press releases

Compose

Headline

Lead

Quote

Context

Check press releases, background, other stories

File

Phone (voice)

Phone (SMS)

Phone (email)

Laptop (email)

Publishes story online

Back at office

Follow-up interviews

Background material

Follow-up interviews

Background material

Check web version for reader’s comments

Feed update material to online desk

Adds update to story

Sidebar

Write

From scratch

From online version

Go home

One story done

At least two stories done

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