There is a website that is revolutionizing the way reporters come up with their own story ideas. The site called "Al's Morning Meeting" is designed to provide local news reporters with national story topics that can be applied locally.
Reporters have long had problems with creating good story ideas. But Al Tompkins has tailored this website to ease some of those problems. His daily columns provide reporters with national ideas that can be applied locally. Tompkins is not new to the news business. He consults for many local TV stations, and is a member of several state broadcasters association.
One of his major story ideas last week dealt with the recent rise in A-T-M fees at the Bank of America. This is a story idea that can be applied locally. A-T-M's affect everyone, and that's why it can be applied locally.
Al's Morning Meeting is sponsored by The Poynter Institute based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Anyone can subscribe to the site and receive daily emails. Or, you can click here to visit the site.