Category: Assignments

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Draft 2

By this point, you have heard from your peers and have received detailed comments from me. Now you’re ready to polish the second draft and continue producing it in the content management system. This draft should simulate what the final, reported story will look like, including multimedia. This means it must simulate as close to the…
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Draft 1

You’ve completed most of your reporting. You’ve heard feedback from me. You have raw multimedia. Now it’s time to write your first draft and show me edited photos, videos, audio and charts/graphs. This draft does not need to be produced in WordPress (or any other content management system) — though you’ll want to be thinking about…
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Outline, Lead & MM

After some initial reporting, you will sketch out a rough outline of how your story will unfold. Think of this as a rough cut (to use a video comparison). It means you will have already interviewed a few sources and have conducted background research. You must have some reporting completed by this point to stay on track. This…
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Reporting Memo

You will submit a 2-page document detailing your reporting plan. This is much more specific than your idea pitch. This document will essentially be a roadmap for how you plan to execute your idea. Please break it down into sections, answering the following: Topic: Your focused reporting idea, in one sentence. Background Info on the story. (A…
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Idea

You will submit a 1-page document detailing your final project idea. It should explain why this story matters now and what new information you’ll be reporting. Briefly give some light background, how you would approach the reporting and why you’re a good fit to report this story. You will also detail an outlet you plan…
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Short Critiques

Find two journalistic projects representative of the type of work you aspire to do, both in subject and display. (One project could be similar in terms of reporting subject. The other project could be similar in terms of how you’d like to produce yours. Or, the project(s) could be similar to your goals in both…
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Final Project

You will submit a portfolio-worthy long-scroll reporting piece that has a 10-15 minute experience time. (That includes time to read and interact with multimedia.) You will use written reporting combined with audio, video, photography, data or other interactives to tell a compelling story. You must meet certain minimum requirements (see below). Due: 12 p.m. ET,…
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