Week 11 — Nov. 20

In Class:
–ReviewExplanatory Feature rough draft
—Work on brainstorming Issue Stories
Topical Reporting or Issue Story overview

Assignments:
—Final version of Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature due Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. Email me a link
—Next week you will pitch your Issue Story in class
—Explore the examples of Explanatory Journalism and

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Week 10 — Nov. 13 & 15

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

Assignments:
-Explanatory feature pitch due TBD
-Read A River of Booze for Wed, March 27
-Explore the examples of Explanatory Journalism and Issue Stories

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Issue Story Reporting Plan – Due at End of Class on TBD

Each group must send me an email answering the following questions for Assignment 4: Issue Story
(Worth 1 point toward Assignment 4 grade)
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Assignment 4: Issue Story

Worth 25 points 

  • Reporting plan due TBD 
  • Complete draft due TBD
  • Revised draft due on TBD

Groups:
Team 1 – Ahmad, David, Mackenzie, Nick
Team 2 – Scott, Tyler, Jenn, Jeremiah
Team 3 – Chris, Jeff, Emely
Team 4 – Camille, Kyle, Drew
Team 5 – Jaiden, Matthew, Kristen, Akenda

Topical Reporting or Issue Story definition:

A reporting project on a topic or issue of public concern. Not necessarily driven by the regular news cycle, although it can have a news peg in current events. Uses the traditional techniques of feature writing — i.e, character development, setting scenes, structured with a narrative arc — to inform and engage the audience. Online publications often make use of multimedia to help present a vivid and compelling story. Continue reading

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Topical Reporting or Issue Stories

My definition:

A reporting project on a topic or issue of public concern. Not necessarily driven by the regular news cycle, although it can have a news peg in current events. Uses the traditional techniques of feature writing — i.e, character development, setting scenes, structured with a narrative arc — to inform and engage the audience. Online publications often make use of multimedia to help present a vivid and compelling story. Continue reading

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Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature

Worth 15 points – solo project

Deadlines:

  • Question pitch due Wed, Nov. 8
  • Rough draft due Monday, Nov. 20
  • Project due Wed., Nov. 22  (No late work accepted) Post your assignment online and email me a link.

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Week 9—Nov. 6 & 8

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.
What we’ve covered and where we are headed
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video review due Monday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
Intro to Explanatory Journalism
-Mid-semester check-in and Assignment 2 participation

Assignments:
-Homework for Monday:

  1. Spend time browsing examples of Explanatory Journalism
  2. Bring one or two ideas for your own explanatory piece
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