5 Tips For Journalists Covering Biosolids

What reporters and journalists do in creating reports for newspaper, TV, radio, or the internet is very important. They serve as conduits of useful information and help develop the broader understanding of the general public about the topic. Most people don’t even think about biosolids and what they are used for. They simply go through their lives without knowing that a material like biosolids exist and that it could lessen the cost of food production and food growth.

Make it fun

Biosolids is a very technical and scientific topic to talk about. Not everyone is willing to read about technical terms and jargons about biosolids. In order to engage people about the topic, you need to make it fun as possible. Biosolids are often referred to as poop in street language.

Of course, the fact that they think biosolids are human waste should not be completely ignored and that should be set straight. Make your article fun, but be careful not to make humor the focus of your story because they may not take the information seriously.

Be sensitive

Your coverage must be responsible and sensitive to the sentiments of the stakeholders. We all must figure out what we think about biosolids and the benefits it bring to the community. Municipal leaders must work tirelessly to bring information to the community. It’s not completely black and white because there are many conflicting ideas about biosolids.

Visit a wastewater treatment plant

You can avoid a lot of confusion about what biosolids really are by seeing a treatment plant yourself. Many conceptions will vanish when you get the chance to see a treatment facility. Treatment plant operators are glad to organize a tour for journalists because they themselves want any misconceptions about the treatment plant to vanish.

Present a fair and balanced report

A fair and balanced report does not mean that two sides must have equal size of wordings. Media coverage of biosolids should present both sides of the argument and expound on the views of all stakeholders—the farmers using biosolids, the producers of biosolids, the communities being affected by the presence of biosolids, concerned citizens, community leaders, biosolids managers, scientists, regulatory staff, and university research staff.

Consider the credentials and experience of your sources

As a reporter, you will rely on your sources for accurate information. It is your responsibility, therefore, to make sure that your sources have legitimate credentials and that they are experienced in handling and managing biosolids. They must be experts in this topic. Otherwise, your source materials are illegitimate.

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