Drafting refers to the process of turning your raw materials — the data you’ve extracted from reports, the notes from your interviews, the photos you’ve taken — into a first draft of multimedia content.
Regardless of your chosen medium, drafting always involves constructing a story that includes fundamental elements. These elements are explored in detail in our E-Learning course Drafting 101: Constructing compelling multimedia content.
After completing this course, you’re ready to get to work. Below, we’ve provided tips specific to different forms of media: writing; producing podcasts; creating photo reports; and shooting videos.
Tips for writing articles
Tips for producing podcasts
Tips for producing videos
Tips for creating photos reports
I’ve finished my draft. What’s next?
Once you’ve completed a first draft of your story, you should email it to the News Decoder editor who provided feedback on your pitch. If you can’t find that email, send your draft to firstname.lastname@example.org. After filing your draft, you can expect to receive edits or feedback from the editor within a few days. To learn more about the editing process, check out our revision rules.