Are you familiar with the old proverb “Curiosity Killed the Cat?” The phrase has often been used as preventive measure to protect curious minds from danger.
Often time a news reporter’s curiosity is essential and educational. A curious nature is good in the sense that it illustrates a desire to know and learn. We discussed in Video production that a good story depends on knowing the who, what, when, where, and why. Most news reporters are tasked with the responsibilities of following leads, asking the right questions and getting the necessary facts to support the story. They use an effective information gathering method widely known as the five Ws. This process allows the reporter to get the complete story. The five Ws answer the following questions:
- Who is it about?
- What happened?
- When did it take place?
- Where did it take place?
- Why did it happen?
Examine the story covered below by WTVM channel 9 and answer the five Ws.
Vehicle fire burns down Fort Mitchell family’s house
Posted:// Sep 24, 2012 12:16 AM EDT
Updated:// Sep 24, 2012 10:21 AM EDT
A Russell County family’s house was destroyed by fire and Monday morning they are waiting to find out what their future will be.
The fire began in the garage of a home in the 100 block of Bradley Road, Fort Mitchell. Shay Robinson said her Chevrolet Suburban caught fire inside, sparking the flames that would eventually consume the entire house. Robinson and her husband lived there with three children, ages 13, 8 and 4.
They moved to Alabama from Fort Drumm, New York when her husband, Marlin, was transferred to Fort Benning two years ago.
The family was unable to save anything from inside and right now, they are homeless.
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Did you find them?
- Who is it about? Shay Robinson, her husband and three children, ages 13, 8 and 4.
- What happened? The family’s house was destroyed by fire.
- When did it take place? Sep 23 09:27pm
- Where did it take place? In the garage of their home. The 100 block of Bradley Road, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.
- Why did it happen? Their Chevrolet Suburban caught fire inside, sparking the flames that eventually consumed the entire house.
To be successful in getting a complete story, it is very important to utilize the five Ws research gathering technique. Until next time keep this in mind…Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill