Because of the economic crisis I am back to freelancing for our dialy paper. I am trying to specilise in breaking science news. The pay is really crap and I need to be quite careful about the time I spend on stories. Basically I want to make the breaking science news understandable to readers and let them see how it impacts on them.
Here is my process:
I go to science news sites and read the article I'm interested in. I take a few notes.
From there whenever possible (and I try to choose topics where this is possible) I go to the publication online where the original published paper is. I read it and take notes.
I then usually do background reaserch around the topic from other sources, I like to get WHO stats etc to include at the end.
I occassionally read other articles that have covered the same breaking news and write additioanl notes.
Sometimes I find bios of the researchers and write notes form there
I usually get quotes form the researchers on their university web sites and I acknowledge that in the article
Then- I use my notes to write the article. Am I doing everything properly? I'm just a bit concerned when I don't interview a live person or move my body to the place and witness with my own eyes. I always get nervous I'm doing it wrong.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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