Story Ideas For Slow,
End-of-the-Year, News Days

Story Ideas For Slow, End-of-the-Year,
News Days

Written by Lois Lane
🕒 December 1, 2018

2019 is almost here!

But before we get there, you, and journalists everywhere, will face a few slow new days because of the holiday season. It can be tough for reporters, especially MMJs, who have to conquer the task alone!

As the saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” which is why I rounded up a few story ideas that can be helpful as we take on December!

Holiday Travel

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Whether you’re in a big or small area, someone will talk to you about this.

Give the local police department a call, especially as it gets closer to Christmas. Do a ride-along with them, ask what they’re looking for during this time of the year, or ask whether or not they step up their patrol.

Shopping Safety

For many, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But you you might want to remind people to stay safe while they’re doing all that shopping, and sipping on hot chocolate, as they go from store to store.

Believe it or not, people forget simple things while they’re shopping, which could lead to stolen gifts, smashed car windows, or even physical harm.

Remind your viewers of a few ways to stay safe and what to do if something does happen.

Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays

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Check in again with the police or sheriff’s department to find out what they see during this time of the year, especially when it comes to neighborhood crime.

Give safety tips to homeowners for the holiday season.

Don’t Forget the Homeless

Find out what local organizations, or churches, are doing for homeless people in your area. Some may plan to feed the homeless during December or offer shelter during the very cold nights.

Online Shopping Growth

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Several people shopped until they dropped during Black Friday and again ​on Cyber Monday this year.

I noticed a large number of Cyber Monday sales have extended to two or three days. How are those online holiday sales stacking up against other retailers?

Talk with your local retail association about this, and grab a few MOS’s (Man on the Street) while you’re at it.

Beware of Scams

Different scams happen throughout the year, and it never fails that someone falls victim to them. Give tips to viewers on how to avoid holiday scams. Let them know all the red flags of a scam.

I hope these ideas help as you get through the rest of year! In everything, always remember to think outside of the box and be creative!

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  1. Gotta love these cliched, news-you-can-use local tv story ideas.

  2. I was expecting satire. Oops.

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