Feb. 25: Online news packages & Story ideas

Today’s class: You should watch/read the materials in the Online news packages folder before class. We’ll discuss them in class, along with your story ideas for Project 1.

Due Tuesday: Three story ideas for Project 1. Email them to me or share via Google doc by the start of class.

Format for story ideas

What: in two sentences, explain the central focus of your story. If it’s an event, when is it? (Project 1 is due April 1)

How: which two formats (online writing, photo, etc.) will you use and why are those the best ways to tell this story?

Sources (must have three)

  • Name & title: Must have named sources (not “a student”)
  • Contact info: How will you contact this person?
  • Contribution: in 1-2 sentences, explain what information you expect this person to contribute to your story
  • Five questions: List 5 questions you will ask this person to get the info you need for this story

Visuals: in 3-4 sentences explain what type of visuals you will use and how they will help illustrate the story

Side note: Considering shooting a broadcast/online story with a tablet or smartphone? Read these tips first.

For Thursday: We’ll work on your video-shooting skills with an in-class assignment. You’re going to be on camera, so dress accordingly. We’ll also talk about your plans for Project 1.

Due Thursday: Story plan for Project 1 is due via email or shared Google doc. You must use the format we go over in class Tuesday. Templates are posted on Blackboard.

  • Reminder: If you’re producing an online video package, heed these wise words:


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