Structured journalism can be used when you are reporting on a developing story such as a criminal trial or debated piece of legislation. It is an approach to reporting that organises information into smaller categories, which can help improve story organisation for topics that evolve and mature over long periods of time.

Take note of this article by Natalie Van Hoozer at IJNet, who explains why big and small newsrooms around the world have used structured journalism to cover themes like violence, power, fact-checking, court cases, entertainment and more.

She summarises advice from Ritvvij Parrikh, an ICFJ Knight Fellow and co-leader of journalism startup PROTO. Parrikh explains how structured journalism meets the needs of different readers, from those who want a bite-sized recap of a story to those interested in exploring every angle behind an issue.

Parrikh's tips include how to pick the right topic to base your coverage on, and why multimedia content is particularly important when engaging with your audiences through structured journalism.

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