Chat Replay: How Do I Decide When I’m Done With My Reporting and Research?

One of the hardest things to do is to figure out when it’s time to stop reporting and start writing. While it’s true that reporting and writing are parts of the same process, it’s also true that reporters spend much more time on their research than on other important tasks such as story planning, drafting and revision.

How many investigative reports turned out to be unreadable because the reporters spent a month on the research and less than a day on the writing?

I’ve devised 10 tests to help you solve this problem. For example, when you hear an important anecdote from more than two sources, it may be time to wind down the reporting and to climb into the drafting cockpit. You can watch a replay of the chat below to learn about planning and creating the best possible fit between research and storytelling.  

You can revisit this link at any time to replay the chat.

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