Story Project 1

About the assignment

You will take a completed or in-progress print or broadcast story, or a story idea specifically developed for this class, pitch it, and develop a full online story package.

If you are using an already completed print or broadcast story, or one that you’re currently working on for another class, you are expected to complete a significant amount of additional reporting (more research, interviews, shooting, re-editing). Stories must be original, individual work. University policy prohibits the submission of the same project for more than one class, so your final presentation must contain a minimum of 25 percent new information.

Things to keep in mind when working with an existing story

If your story is based on a broadcast story, your biggest challenge for this assignment will be to come up with engaging copy which compliments (not duplicates) your broadcast package. Also, for the purpose of the online package, you may find that you don’t need to add the full broadcast package. Instead, it may be sufficient to pull out a few salient clips and have those clips accompany the copy that you’re writing.

If your story is based on a print story, your biggest challenge for this assignment will be to come up with engaging visuals.

Word count

There is no hard word count for this assignment. I imagine your finished story will be anywhere between 700-1,000 words. You want to write enough in order to paint a complete picture. You want to draw he reader into your story and provide details throughout in order to keep the audience engaged.

Visuals

You’ll want to have some visuals with your story, whether it’s photos and/or videos and/or another visual element.

Links

Use appropriate links for your story, both within your WordPress blog and to external sources.

Due date

The project is due during Week 6 and must be posted on your WordPress blog by midnight Wednesday before class.

Good luck!

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