Technical difficulties have thrown us off schedule, but this week we should have a chance to catch up. So it’s time to put some serious thought into your final project, which will consist of a written story with at least three interviews, a video and a slideshow.
I want you to write a blog post describing your final project by next Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m. This is a few days later than what I’ve posted on the syllabus (although I will update the syllabus) — again, because our videos got delayed. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to have a substantial discussion about projects in class next Tuesday, Nov. 5.
If at all possible, your project should be related to your beat. I also expect that it will be local so that you can conduct interviews in person. That doesn’t mean you can’t drive to New Hampshire. It does mean that I don’t want a story that is based solely on phone interviews with people in Los Angeles.
Your story may be about some digital-media aspect related to your beat, but that is not a requirement. For instance, let’s say your beat is the Red Sox. You could do a story about how the Red Sox are using social media. You could profile a prominent fan blogger. Or you could do something completely different, such as profiling a retired Red Sox player or groundskeeper or whatever.
In your blog post, I want to see evidence that you’ve thought this through and that you have made contact with at least one key source that you’ll need to make this happen.