October 30, 2009

Another place to look for story ideas

For a long time I have loved the Census Bureau as a source for background info and ideas for stories. With the holidays coming up, there are plenty of stories possible from the data the Census Bureau has.

Here is a link to some basic information.

October 26, 2009

How a Denver station covered "Balloon Boy"

Al Tompkins at Poynter interviewed the news director at KUSA-TV, the station that broke the story about the 6-year old who supposedly climbed into the basket of a balloon just outside Denver.

From this interview it looks as if it took some real convincing to get the station to believe the "lost boy" in a balloon story was real.

KUSA-TV News Exec Explains Station's Balloon Boy Coverage