Sound Reporting: Reporting

In Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production, author Jonathan Kern cites the personality traits and skills of good reporters:

  • A good reporter is curious
  • A good reporter is skeptical
  • A good reporter looks and listens for the truth
  • A good reporter listens well
  • A good reporter absorbs information quickly
  • A good reporter uses the medium effectively
  • A good reporter does everything possible to avoid making mistakes

The chapter goes into considerable depth as does the entire book. Local newsrooms should have a copy of Sound Reporting and require all journalists to read it.