The ability to spot graphics potential in a story is one of the most important skills a graphics reporter can possess. Furthermore, conversations about whether a story warrants graphic support should occur as a story is developing, not after it’s complete. Of course, deadlines, breaking news, or even simple breakdowns in communication may prevent a graphics reporter from getting in on early planning and development stages. So, graphics reporters should be prepared to assess graphics potential on two levels: (1) early in the story development process, before a story is written, and (2) after the story is finished and ready for publication. The first scenario requires that you be on your toes, aware of the stories that are developing, and ready to contribute to the storytelling process. Don’t expect writers or editors to alert you about stories that may need graphic support. Be proactive!
Download and use this Graphics Potential Packaging Form to guide you through the process of assessing graphics potential for your stories.