How News Works

These examples explain how journalists do their jobs. Think about the decisions journalists are making and the process involved in individual stories. But also consider the bigger picture, such as company-wide or industry-wide policies and processes. Some examples include:

Accuracy and corrections • Breaking news • Labeling and explaining types of content • News literacy • Reporting process • Sourcing • Story selection • Why news matters • Wire service and partner content

See a few stand-out examples in this gallery, and scroll down for a longer list to get inspired. 

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Station WCPO wrote a column explaining how the newsroom makes coverage decisions, from story idea to research to coverage.

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ENID News & Eagle wrote a column to explain how and why the newspaper uses Associated Press and other wire content.

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San Diego Union Tribune created a reporter fairness checklist to ensure they’re being fair, consistent and transparent in their reporting. 

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KCRG explains what they don’t cover when it comes to crime coverage, specifically addressing why they don’t report on unconfirmed school threats.

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The Burlington Free Press explained why the newsroom decided to use an unnamed source in a big investigation.

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The Coloradoan addressed the newsroom’s commitment to stopping misinformation about coronavirus in one of their local Facebook Groups.

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