8 questions that will sharpen a story idea

For an editor, coaching means engaging the writer in an ongoing conversation about a story, from the conception of an idea to the final edit. The more time and thought you invest in this conversation, the less work you will likely face in “fixing” the story when it comes in. One key moment in coaching: after the idea, but before the reporting. In this conversation, you can help the reporter sharpen the idea, develop an initial premise for the story and prepare for any potential minefields in the reporting.