The trip to the West Side generated lots of story ideas. What’s yours? Be ready to discuss it at length in class.
What is the main idea of the story? How will you go about reporting and writing about your topic? You will need a topic for the main written piece, the slide show and the third component (sidebar, video or audio slide show). Be sure to consider a story arc. Try to find a character that animates or explains or embodies the story. Collect anecdotes that will push your story forward. What’s your story’s beginning, middle and end?
–Read: Steve Buttry Blog entry on “Finding and developing story ideas” http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/finding-and-developing-story-ideas/
–Read/watch: Picking the Right Media for a Story http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/picking-right-media-reporting-story/
–Write: Post short response to today’s reading assignments on your blog