Most of the journalists interviewed considered going to the scene of a story and talking to people as the first essential step in the reporting process. When reporters, such as Declan Walsh, don’t have access to a location, they rely heavily on their sources for information. Walsh said that getting to the scene of the story was important because witnessing something in-person yields the most reliable information. Many of the reporters are working in countries that can make this task extremely challenging because of government censorship.

Deciding whether to report a story is a huge investment according to Walsh, as nowadays news can be published by anyone. Reporters have to weigh the pros and cons on whether an event is newsworthy, and many of them rely on their editors to make this decision. If they decide to report on an event, reporters use various technologies. For example, Walsh uses Datamonitor, Tom Coghlan uses Whatsapp and the majority of the journalists interviewed use Twitter.

According to Sulome Anderson, it is important to be fairly educated about your topic and subjects in order to provide accurate reporting on terrorism. For Aurelien Breeden, this usually meant some sort of collaborative effort.