Journalists are expected to have indepth knowledge about the subject they are covering. Hence, Research becomes an integral part of his work. Television channels have specialized Research departments to help Reporters and the output team. But where do the journalists and the research departments get their information from?
Of course the Internet is the first place even journalists reach out to. But in-depth information on topics they are covering may not always be available. To know every aspect of a story they are covering, journalists, at times, have to get hold of confidential information. In other cases technical information that may be beyond the comprehension of a layman may be required. To get such specialized or confidential information the Reporter will have to develop his sources.
A source could be an individual working for a govt or private organisation. This could also be a person who has access to information because of the position he holds or an organization he represents. Sometimes the staunch opponents of the govt, or a specific policy will leak some information to embarrass the govt or the person. In all these cases, the sources will need to be developed by the journalists. He will have to ensure that his source does not get revealed, while he is still able to authenticate the version.
Specialists in specific areas such as scientists, academic researchers, religious leaders etc can also be used to get to the bottom of new topics. These experts will willingly help journalists, so that the general public can know more about their subject of interest.
Thus, Internet is just one of the tools for Research. The lessons on Research available in my ebook, gives practical tips on the subject.
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