by Deborah Potter, Executive Director
From CCJ partner NewsLab.
How many times have you been advised to "people-ize" your stories? Nothing wrong with the idea, but in practice, it often means just grabbing some M.O.S (man on the street) interviews at the scene. Consider an alternative approach: Ask people to discuss the subject among themselves, and shoot their conversation. Compare these stories about a World Bank protest--one using M.O.S. sound bites, and the other featuring a conversation--and let us know what you think.
NewsLab offers the following guidelines for creating conversation stories.
Why Tell a Conversation Story?
How to Produce a Conversation Story
Other Issues to Consider