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Chris Steller

Isn't this how Babylon fell?

Sherri L. McLendon

This example doesn't look too different from the methodology I might use to research any basic story, listing my question and sources before I start, then collating my data in a file. This is simply the electronic version.

You mean other journalists don't do this type of planning by rote?

Sherri L. McLendon


Sherri, I would really like to buy you a beer.

It's very much like the process a reporter goes through when working a story for print. And I think reporters are well-positioned for this kind of approach... if they can just get past their hostility toward change.

My hope in laying this out this way was that people would say "Well, that's not so exotic. That's just basic logic." Because that's all it is.

Thank you very much for being the first person to see that and comment on it.


It would be great if there were a wizard corresponding to various story types built into every newsroom CMS. Doing a fire story? Take 1 minute and step through this wizard. Restaurant review? Do this one. And so forth.

Suddenly, you've got a bit more structure in the newsroom, more transparency in the newsroom into the reporting process and, most importantly, a standard process for creating structured data. It's taking the piles of notebooks that clutter every reporter's desk and turning them into something of value.

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