Seven Reporting Tips from the Planet Money Team
Have you ever found yourself listening to NPR, completely engrossed by a story about credit-default swaps, or the banking industry in Iceland?
If so, you have Planet Money to thank. It’s the reporting team that proves economic stories can be educational and fun.
I recently had the privilege to hear Planet Money’s David Kestenbaum and Robert Smith reveal some of their best practices – how they do what they do. And instead of hoarding that knowledge, I figured I’d share it.
Prepare, plan, prepare
Make your own action
ABR – Always Be Rolling
React as reporters
Get people off balance in unusual situations
Take control of your own story
Do a rough edit as a group – listen to audio before you write a script
And just as a bonus, here five ways they often approach a story:
Find the Person Who Does the Thing
Find the Person Strangely Affected
Tell the History
Solve a Mystery