NPR has put together a toolbox with podcast necessities.
Another TIP: Once you find a source you think you may want to interview, check YouTube to see if they have any videos to give you an idea of voice, context, name pronunciation, etc.
Most colleges and universities have online databases of faculty experts. This Google search can help:
expert YOUR TOPIC site:.edu
Nonprofit organizations that advocate for an issue can be good sources of background and people to interview. But you still need to evaluate their credibility. Check the About section for their mission or their board of directors to see if they have prominent people serving.
Some search strategies:
Recent Coverage: We have several news databases
Historical News: Try these for stories older than about 25 years.
These are not searchable archives, but if you know of an interview date you should be able to listen to it. Try a Google search such as:
Interview COVID Ferrer site:.npr.org to find interviews with Dr. Barbara Ferrer, LA County's public health director.
The Society of Professional Journalists has put together a Toolbox on Diversity Issues to help journalists improve their reporting. Here are a few highlights from the Toolbox as well as from the Poynter Institute, the American Press Institute, and the Women's Media Center.
An effective approach to finding government statistics on a topic is to use the following search in Google:
Statistics YOUR TOPIC site:.gov
For example: statistics crime site:.gov
Other Data Sources:
Former Los Angeles Times journalist Robert Niles offers simple explanations of the key types of math calculations and statistical descriptions that journalists are asked to make.
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