A Little Journalistic Inspiration

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

This is a worthwhile package from PBS’s “EXPOSE: America’s Investigative Reports” show. Peter Zuckerman was a visiting faculty member during Poynter’s six-week summer fellowship and is a 2003 graduate of the program.

The EXPOSE videos are pretty inspiring because they show great journalism at work. I’ve always believed that to be a better journalist, it helps to talk about your stories with other journalists and share your ideas. And it helps to listen to what other journalists are saying and learn about the reporting and writing techniques that work for them. I’ve had great editors tell me that if you see a story in the paper that you like, contact the reporter and ask how he/she got the idea for the story, what type of reporting it involved, how long it took to write, etc.

Here is a good example of the type of Q&As that can help enlighten us. The Q&A is with Ken Weiss, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for his five-part series, “Altered Oceans.” Check out the compelling multimedia, too.

I’ve been collecting stories of this nature, as well as other journalism resources on my del.icio.us page. Do you have links to other articles that you think I should add?