STORY DEVELOPMENT

June 7, 2013
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WORKSHOP on 4TH JUNE 2013 BY Brielle and Map Mathare team

members watching an ilustration photo by junior

members watching an ilustration photo by junior

When doing a story either in print form or video it should have news values meaning it impacts the community, timely/current, consist of relevant new information, new development on old stories, and positive development in the community, unusual and poses significant threat. Entertainment should have a news value

Who are our public or Audience? People though it mostly depend on the story but the following came up: International slums, Kenya, Young people who use internet and when we do screening all ages are targeted.

The stories that matter to people of Mathare are: Health issues, Security, Education, Community events/arts, Sports, Crime, Environment, Housing, Disasters (fire and flood), Social issue and Politics. These are daily happenings in Mathare

MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE ON MATHARE

During the discussion the big question was: What is mainstream media and what makes them different from us???     They own multiple channels. They operate different mediums. Sometimes receive government funding. Ratings and advertisement concerned. Conglomerate

members taking notes

members taking notes

CRITICISM OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA

Negative focus / not enough positive on Mathare

Lazy/false information this because they interview anybody

Late coverage, most of the time they will come to the scene after the happening

Biased/ predetermined

Use outside research to make conclusion about Mathare

HOW DO WE COVER MATHARE DIFFERENTLY

We are part of the community- involved-interact-trust

Can cover faster because we are always on the scene

Unintimidated approach Feel secure in the community

Offices open to the community hence Networks of source

Small equipment that don’t scare the community

Freedom to cover everything /issues because we are personally familiar with the issues

OUR DISADVANTAGES

Less equipment

Professional/accreditation (badge) not recognized as journalist

Lack of skills and training

We think we are a Small brand

The communities think we are well paid and sometimes may ask for us during our coverage

Brielle taking notes

Brielle taking notes

STORY PROCESS

Idea—Research—–Questions/focus—–Interviews—–Outlining/organizing—–Writing—–Editing—–Publishing

IDEA—- Where do we get ideas from??

Personal network, personal experience ,victims/community members ,rumors ,Other media ,Follow ups with old stories ,Google alerts ,Sms report ,Social media, Our own team, Community organizations ,Youth groups ,Conversations ,Official organizations(ministry)

RESEARCH: how do we research and from where?

Through Interviews, community administration /records, community organizations, Websites/social media/office/paralegal, Google and Google docs, other media-coverage of the same issues and academic studies

ETHICAL CONCERNS and CHECK LIST

Story element: this will include the beginning that others call the introduction, middle or sometimes called the body and end or conclusion the Setting (victim/main character/hero and finally the Conflict or solution

Have I confirmed accuracy of my report/information?

Have I gathered all relevant perspective (at least try)

Have I considered the motive of my source?

Have I considered my own motivation/bias?

FOCUS STATEMENT

Somebody doing something for a reason. Who, what and why. It should be active

E.g. map Mathare Is collaborating with Brielle on story development to improve reporting

 

 

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