schedule

Week 1  • Jan. 20 – Jan. 22

topics

Course intro

What in the hell is a feature story?

Review of basic journalism

texts

Andrew Sullivan , “Why I Blog”

Interactivenarratives

tasks

Due Friday – Start blog – Go to wordpress and build a blog site. Be mindful of the name and theme. Don’t name it jk929567’s blog. Put some thought into it as it will help form your online brand. There are good examples here, here and here. These are for guidance only. Make your blog your blog.

tools

wordpress Figure out how to make and embed a link (like the “wordpress” link to the left) and how to embed a YouTube video in a blog post. Such as the one below.

Pizza robbery – Pizza deliveryman killed in robbery

Aid arrives in Haiti – Help finally starts to get to Haiti nursing home | AP | 01_21_2010

Week 2 • Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

topics

Leads

Finding and focusing ideas

Workshop

texts

Rick Bragg – Survivors

Blundell – Raw materials

Ken press release – Mattel

“ROTC” IDS – Campus ROTC

tasks

Due Monday by 9 a.m. – Write a reaction blog post to  one of the Rick Bragg stories. What was it about? Think broadly about this – don’t just regurgitate the facts of the story.

Due Wednesday by 9 a.m. – Reaction to the ROTC piece. Was it good? Why? Why not? What is it about?


Due Friday by 9 a.m. – Devise two story ideas and pitch them on your blog. What are the stories about? Why do they make good stories? Who would you interview?

Why is there no on-air radio station at St. Joe’s?

Due Wednesday – Rewrite the “Ken” press release into two 150-word stories. For one use a hard lead and or the other a soft lead.

tools

Google alerts


Week 3 • Feb. 1 – Feb. 5

topics

On Friday we will meet in the instruction lab at the library.

Sources – People and documents

Physical description

texts

Rick Bragg – Four Walls to Hold Me

Blundell – Shaping ideas

Brotman – The Final Journey of Arthur Clifton

tasks

Due Wednesday – 250-word story on Bono’s speech to the National Prayer Breakfast. This story requires you to write a soft lead, include two quotes and bits and pieces of meaningful detail. Print out a copy and bring it to class.

Due Wednesday – Develop a list of three possible subjects for your profile story. Remember that this will be a story that illustrates some larger issue. Print out a copy and bring it to class.

tools

Pew Research reports

Week 4 • Feb. 8 – Feb. 12

topics

The Interview

texts

Rick Bragg – Hurtful Things

Blundell – Story dimensions

tasks

Due MondayWatch parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of a speech by Rick Bragg and write a 300-word blog post about where his stories come from and that compares his spoken language to his written language.

Due Wednesday – Writing action – Observe a performance. I don’t mean a play or a show, but a normal everyday performance. It could be a panhandler, a traffic cop, a preacher or cashier at Campion. It’s up to you, but it must be in a public place where an “audience” is present. Write a 500-word story that describes the scene. Look for meaningful detail and use evocative language to describe what you see. Tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Interview story – We will collectively interview someone in class and write a brief 350-word profile based on the interview.

tools

Lexis Nexus

Week 5 • Feb. 15 – Feb. 19

Topics

Making an issue a story

Texts

Rick Bragg – Secrets

Blundell – Planning and execution

Molehill – I’ll send the PDF

Tasks


Tools

delicio.us

Week 6 • Feb. 22 – 26

Topics

Interviewing

Trend stories

Story organization

Audience

Texts

Blundell – “Story Dimensions”

Bragg – “Man imprisoned…”

Hands on a Hardbody (in class)

Storymentioned in handout on profiles:

Tony Pena, a novella” – Joe Posnanski


Tasks

By Monday – Write a 200-word blog post about your profile subject. Who is it? What is his or her story about? Why did you choose this person?

By Wednesday – Write a 300-word blog post that lays out a strategy for covering “hands on a hardbody” based on the interview with Benny Perkins here.

By Friday – Trend storyFind a trend on campus and write a 500-word story about it. Include at least two human sources and two documentary sources.


Tools

Twitter

Week 7 • March 1 –5

Topics

Trend features

Multimedia

Texts

Rick Bragg – Icons

Blundell – Handling key story elements

NYTimes Tea Party story

Tasks


Tools

Week 8 • March 8 – 12

Spring break

Over spring break craft two blog posts. One on an aspect of Capote that you found particularly notable and a second about an aspect of your profile story that you find notable.

Week 9 • March 15 – 19

Topics

Interviewing

Texts

Rick Bragg – George Corley Wallace

Blundell – Wordcraft

Tasks

By Wednesday, find an interview on Fresh Air of someone who interests you and write a 300-word blog post about it. Choose one particular question that you thought was clever or insightful and describe why. Include a link to the interview. There is a search box near the bottom of the page where you can search random interviews.

By Friday, write an update on your profile story. This should include the sources you will be using and a proposed timeline for completing it.


Tools

delicio.us

prx.org

Week 10 • March 22 – 26

topics

Multimedia storytelling

Markets

texts

Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Reporting

Multimedia standards

Paige Williams – Finding Dolly Freed

On The Media interview with Paige Williams

Another story about Paige Williams and the self-publishing model in Columbia Journalism Review

Rick Bragg – Monuments

Blundell – Stretching out

tasks

Write a 300-word blog post on an intended market for your final story. This should include an analysis of its audience, the writing style in it and the types of stories it runs. What is its tone?

tools

Week 11 • March 29 – 31

topics

texts

Rick Bragg – Bourbon and Bayou

MINDTv links on how to shoot video

tasks

tools

(no class april 2)

Week 12 • April 7-9 (no class April 5)

topics

Telling stories with sounds and images

texts

Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Reporting

Multimedia standards

Rick Bragg – Colors

Roanoke Times – Land of Opportunity – a series of multimedia stories on immigration

tasks

Photo/sound story

tools

Week 13 • April 12 –16

topics

Workshop

texts

iMovie tutorials

Rick Bragg – Bombs

tasks

tools

Week 14 • April 19 –23

topics

Finishing a story

Workshopping

texts

Rick Bragg – Susan

Video tutorials

tasks

tools

Week 15 • April 26 – 30

Final story due

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