Part 2: Reporting An Issue Story

1. Think multimedia
-What is visual about this issue? (See Till Death Do Us Part)
-Is there action? (See Trails of Trash)
-Do you want to do interviews with audio? (See Trails of Trash)
-Do you want to do your interview with video? (See ConterfeitEd)
-Are there things that should be explained with graphs or charts? (See Sunni-Shia Divide)

2. Pre-reporting research and prep
-See MultimediaReportingCheckList

3. Find real people who are key players
You are looking for someone who is connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. And you are looking for people who will give you access and who are articulate about the issue. See #MakeAlCare — The Evolution of One Voter (Start audio part 1 at 1:50)

4. Interviews
Suggested questions:
-Tell me about your experience with this issue. (Anecdotes)
-Why should people care about this issue? (Moments of reflection)
-How has this issue affected you and your friends, family?
-What do you ideas for how to solve this problem?
-What do you think other people should know about this issue?
-Who else should I talk to?

5. Get portraits of everyone you interview. 
(See Alcohol’s Hold on Campus)

6. Go to activities or locations related to the issue. Gather photo, video and scenes.
Get visuals (photo or video b-roll) that illustrate, capture, and make the issue compelling. Give audience the “experience” of the issue.

7. Check your facts and statistics against your interviews.
Do you need more facts and statistics? Do some of your interviews contradict the facts?


About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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