Reporting Story Ideas
In this ombudsman segment, we're talking about where we get story ideas. Most of them come from e-mail, faxes, the Associated Press, NBC and CNN news wires, phone calls, the police scanner, press releases and good old fashioned reporting.
Do you ever wonder why we don't cover some stories? We got an e-mail from a viewer named Chuck. He wants to know why we didn't cover a police gathering earlier this week near Stadium and Ash.
Chuck writes: ".... So I am asking--something this big, what is going on? The lack of coverage by any news organization, the fact that there were young children in the area, the idea that none of this was monitored. What gives?"
"Police always respond in worse case scenario. They have to respond as if it were really, really important. We listen to the scanner and decide what's important for us to go to because we can't go to every call. But we do depend on people to call us when they see something out of the ordinary, " said Randy Reeves, KOMU Managing Editor.
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And to answer Chuck's question, we called the Columbia Police Department to ask about the gathering near Stadium and Ash. Turns out, officers were executing a routine search warrant, something the department does more than a hundred times a year.