Week 12 — Apr. 10 & 12

In Class:
—On Tuesday you will pitch your Issue Story and work on your outline for breaking down an issue story.
–Thursday will be a work day for either your Explanatory Feature  or your Issue Story. If you have a rough draft of your Explanatory piece I will be happy to review it and give you feedback. Or you can work with some of your group on a reporting strategy for the Issue Story. It’s up to you.

Assignments:
—NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE! Final version of Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature due Friday, April. 13 at 10 p.m. Email me a link
—Outline for breaking down your issue story due by the start of class Thursday, April 12. Email me your outline as a Word Document attachment for my review.

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Issue Story Teams

Here are the Issue Story teams for Spring 2018:

Team 1—Matteo, Maria, Olivia, James

Team 2—Amanda, Dylann, Sharayla, West

Team 3—Jessica, Lance, Leon, Andrew

Team 4—Jaryd, Anthony, Taylor, Danielle

 

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Week 11 — Apr. 3 & 5

In Class:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature overview
-Assignment 3 brainstorming and in-class work
Topical Reporting or Issue Story overview

Assignments:
-Explanatory feature due Thursday, April 12
-Read A River of Booze for Thursday, April 5
-Explore the examples of Explanatory Journalism and Issue Stories

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Week 10—March 27 & 29

In class:
Intro to Explanatory Journalism
—Mid-semester check-in and Assignment 2 participation
—Check out these hilarious and informative explanatory videos about Columbus Day, the sinister reason weed is illegal, and the truth about the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.
—A fun way of using Legos to explain a Tampa Bay bridge kerfuffle! Here’s an explanation of why they did it and how they did it.
Here’s Billy Penn testing out the 4-foot space requirement for passing bikes in the city
—Here’s one of the best student examples of fun explanatory journalism I’ve seen
What we’ve covered and where we are headed

Assignments:
—Spend time browsing examples of Explanatory Journalism
—Bring one or two ideas for your own explanatory piece for Thursday
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video: Final cut due March 26 at 10 p.m.

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Week 9 — March 20 & 22

In class:
—Check out these hilarious and informative explanatory videos about Columbus Day, the sinister reason weed is illegal, and the truth about the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.
—A fun way of using Legos to explain a Tampa Bay bridge kerfuffle! Here’s an explanation of why they did it and how they did it.
Here’s Billy Penn testing out the 4-foot space requirement for passing bikes in the city
What we’ve covered and where we are headed
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video: Rough Cut due March 22 in class; Final cut due March 26 at 10 p.m.
Intro to Explanatory Journalism
-Mid-semester check-in and Assignment 2 participation

Assignments:
—Spend time browsing examples of Explanatory Journalism
—Bring one or two ideas for your own explanatory piece
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video: Rough Cut due March 22 in class; Final cut due March 26 at 10 p.m.

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Some Standout #WhyJournalism Videos

Here, in no particular order, are some excellent samples of last month’s #WhyJournalism in-class video project: Continue reading

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Week 8 — March 6 & 8

In Class:
Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview
Invisible Man vs. HawkmanWhat can you learn from this that you can apply to Assignment 2?
Pitch Assignment 2 in class

Assignments:
-Due In Class  – Communicate with your teammate and come up with your question pitch for Assignment 2: On the Street Video

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