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A fresh look at reporting skills

In June I posted a ranked list of skills needed by today’s journalists. In reviewing it today, I wondered whether it would be different if instead of saying journalist we said reporter.

Say you want to hire a reporter — for a Web-only organization, a magazine, a newspaper, a TV or documentary outfit. Or for all of the above! Of course you want the person to have some experience, some evidence that he or she can do the job. Of course you need the person to be able to write grammatically, correctly, fluently.

What else?

Here’s an unranked list to get us rolling:

  • Conduct an interview
  • Capture the interview as clean digital audio
  • Gather background material for a story
  • Cover a live event
  • Narrate a story for video
  • Script a video package

What else?

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