Steps to write a good editorial

Learning what goes on behind the news scene of USF is a great experience. Gaining knowledge from the News Manager herself, Vickie Chanchere about the day-to-day experience in the life of a news writer and editor was explosive on important facts and helpful tips to write a great piece of writing.
Step one: Do rigorous research and work hard to find relevant facts and hints for your topic of interest.
Step two: Meet with editorial board and discuss the topic of the editorial.
An editorial is an unsigned reflection on the company’s opinions.
Step three: To start an editorial, think of a thesis that you and the company want to prove and the editorial board agree on and then challenge it.
Step four: Do more research to report more logical answer to the thesis/ hypothesis. (It can be changed based on your reporting.)
An important differentiation that a writer should know is the difference between a documentary and an interview editorial.
A documentary “follows the paper trail,” Chanchere opened my eyes to a law that I wasn’t aware of, this is Florida’s Public Law. This law gives any member of the public access to any public records. Also, you’ve got to talk to more people to find out more information; do not rely on just those documented records. You will learn a lot more from chatting with people who knows about what is going on in the system, or even from those who works in the business.
You have got to develop networks and know who’s who in the industry in order to have a successful and worthy editorial that the entire company will appreciate.
For interviews, you should approach interviewees in a professional manner; they’re not your friends and they should not be confused with the matter.


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