July 8, 2010
Posted: 10:04 AM ET
By Abbie Boudreau
Special Investigations Unit
I was just looking at different news websites. Mainly mainstream – cable and network. It was interesting to see what headlines were front and center.
Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, I checked Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC Nightly News.
These are the various headlines:
FOX News: “Feds: Terrorists Planning NYC Subway Attack Linked to U.K. Cell”
CNN: “Arrest made in serial killings that stretch over decades”
MSNBC: “Thousands evacuate as Rio Grande floods”
ABC News: “Russian and U.S. Diplomats Exploring Elaborate Spy Swap”
CBS News: “Does Israel’s Netanyahu Trust Obama?”
NBC Nightly News: “Extreme Heat Tests Grit of Power Grid”
The top stories are all very different, and it makes me wonder what kind of news that people are most interested in. Terrorists or serial killers? Extreme heat or flooding in the Rio Grande? Russian spies or Netanyahu? Maybe all of these topics interest you – or maybe none of them do. It’s all very subjective.
I often think about the types of stories I want to report, but I’m even more interested the kind of reporting people want me to focus on.
What many people do not realize is that a large number of my stories come from tips. I always take time to read and think about the story ideas that are sent to me. Of course, it’s impossible to report on every tip that comes my way, but every once a while we spot a gem – a story that will have an impact – a story people will remember.
It’s really easy to send me a story idea if you would like me to take a look at it. Send me a tweet saying you have a story idea, and I will write you back a direct message. Or you could always post a comment on my blog.
If you don’t have a specific story idea in mind, I am still interested in the topics you think reporters should be focusing on the most? What would your headline read?
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