Inside Story: How to Research for Narratives and Anecdotes

May 1, 2015

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“Who?” “What?” “When?” “Where?” “Why?”

Those questions are journalistic tools that can help us find stories — or condemn us to a lifetime of cranking out “just-the-facts-ma’am” pieces.

Instead of seeking basic facts, shift focus. When you’re interviewing for a story, Richard Zahler of The Seattle Times suggests letting:

  • Who stand for character
  • What stand for plot
  • When stand for chronology
  • Where stand for setting
  • Why stand for motivation

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