How have your passions changed in the past year? What do you think your passions say about you as a person?
Essential Question: How do you create innovative and newsworthy story ideas?
Now that you all have written a "mini" article on another student, it's time for us to think about longer article ideas that require both interviews and research. That's the goal for today.
1. Start your Google Doc for today with a list of the following:
- 3 things you are passionate about
- 2 things you know are in the news right now
- 1 question you have about life, society or the universe
2. Read at least one of the following news outlets for the next ten minutes. List at least three topics that you came across.
Answer the following questions:
- What about these topics caught your attention?
- How is the reporter covering this topic in depth or in new/interesting ways?
3. For 15 minutes, research what each news value means in relation to journalism and news writing, and come up with two examples of story ideas that fit these values. You may work with partners.
Research the following news values and come up with the definition and an example for each:
- human interest
4. Create a list of possible topics for an article you will write in this class. As you brainstorm, think about not just topics in current events, but also ones that are related to opinions, arts and entertainment, technology, science, history, sports, or any other topic you are interested in. You will write an article about this topic based on both research and interviews with other students or anyone who knows more about this topic.
5. Write a story proposal for your chosen topic. Include:
- Six-Word Summary of your story (This helps narrow your focus; for example, instead of "sports", a six-word summary could be "How live sports return during COVID")
- Include the angle or focus of your story: What are you going to focus on? How is this focus new and/or different than what's already out there? (Some focus ideas could be: are you for or against this? Are you focusing on how students or a specific group feels about this topic? Is this a review or will this include your personal opinion?)
- Give two reasons why this story is newsworthy (check the six news values under #3 and defend why your story is newsworthy)
- List three primary sources (people you would interview in person) of authority who you are planning to interview.
- List two secondary sources you would consult (online sources, documents, news articles, etc.)
6. Exit Ticket: Why do you want to write this story? Justify your answer and talk about how your story is unique and not something that has already be done. Write 3-5 sentences.
- Current Events
- News Values notes
- Story Ideas
- Story Proposals
- Exit Ticket