Long Form: Stereotypically Queen’s

You may be surprised to learn that The Queen’s Journal does a surprisingly solid job when it comes to long form stories. “Stereotypically Queen’s” incorporates interactive graphics, video and an engaging story within a beautiful interface. As you scroll through the page, the graphics and facts on the left change to keep readers engaged. You’ll also notice that this story had a team of eight working on it from writing, editing, research and multimedia. In order to have a strong story that features video and multimedia — it requires a team and planning ahead! When a story is pitched, these things were evidently thought about.


Course: Whose Truth? Tools for Smart Science Journalism in the Digital Age

“As journalists, we ignore science not only at our own peril, but at the peril of our readers, viewers and listeners.

In this course, you’ll learn to how make sense of scientific data and tell stories in ways that connect with your audience. You’ll get techniques and tips to improve your interviewing and reporting skills. You’ll also learn how to lift the veil from front groups to launch investigations based on informed fact-gathering.

When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit of ways to identify and overcome the barriers journalists face when reporting on science-related topics.”

This paid Poynter course is available here. Editors and staff should contact the Gazette editor-in-chief for access to the course.

Story-Based Inquiry: A manual for investigative journalists

“This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession. The majority of investigative manuals devote a lot of space to the subject of where to find information. They assume that once a reporter finds the information he or she seeks, he or she will be able to compose a viable story. We do not share that assumption. We do not think that the basic issue is finding information. Instead, we think the core task is telling a story.”

An online version of the Story-Based Inquiry: A manual for investigative journalists can be found here.