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Step 1: Brainstorm

Answering the journalist's questions (who? what? where? when? why? so what? how? ) will help you narrow down your problem. Use a concept map to brainstorm the issue you would like to explore:

Step 2: Define Your Audience/Stakeholders

Brainstorm answers to the following questions about your audiences:

1. Who is your primary reader? Who are you appealing to? Who are you trying to persuade/call for action?

2. Who is your target audience? Who are you trying to help?

3. Who are your stakeholders? Who can help you solve the issue?

Step 3: Research

1. Community Research:

  •  Current outlook of your issue and local community's  beliefs about it>Local Newspapers>Library home page> Articles & Databases>Newspapers>Lexis-Nexis. Watch the video how to find PA local newspapers.

2. People Research:

  • Learn about your stakeholders. You may find their web sites, check any documentation, policies, and programs. Consider interviewing them.
  • Find out about your primary reader as well.

3. Organizations/Government Agencies Research:

  •  Try Advanced Google Search and limit to .gov domain to discover any government agencies working on your issue.
  • Government of PA-click on Information on top and discover resources pertaining your issue.

More resources:


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