Finding the News
Most national and international news comes into a newsroom from the Associated Press. Most local news comes from a combination of sources and activities, including the police and fire departments, the courts and various other municipal institutions, and community and business organizations. Local news also is generated by the routine follow-up of the leads and tips that pour into the assignment desk on a continuing basis from beat reporters, tipsters, and even non-news personnel who work for the station. This chapter and Chapter 16, “Collecting Information from Documents,” examine all these news sources.