A Little Journalistic Inspiration

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?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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