Enterprise Story Extra Details

To be ultra specific:

Enterprise Story Assignment
Living in a Changing World

Assignment due by August 11

Two options:
1. One story, two sidebars 75 points
Story length: Mainbar should be 1,250-1,500 words
Sidebars should be 250-300 words each

2. Package of stories 75 points
Stories: 4-6 shorter pieces, including multimedia elements (podcast, video
and/or photo essay; at least three written pieces too), profile, Q&A, intro/backgrounder

How are local, national or international issues affecting people in your neighborhood?

Couple of guidelines: No writing on anything surrounding turning 21 or drinking. No using your friends as sources.

Examples might be: How unemployed people in the neighborhood get their food (see Ben Maras’ story on FoodNotBombs); how peace activists in the neighborhood help veterans get their benefits; how the neighborhood sees itself and wants or doesn’t want to develop (see Stefan Verbano’s story on Amazon); how neighborhood volunteers help local schoolchildren learn to read and make sure they have enough to eat, etc.

You will need at least 8-10 total sources, including people you interview and library research and online databases, etc.; depending on your stories, you may need more interviews or more traditional research sources. Obviously, we’ll use the blog and Twitter to find sources as well as your face-to-face interactions in the neighborhoods, and you should use phone and in-person interviews to confirm those sources. Make it crystal-clear to your sources that your story will be on the blog; give them the blog’s address.

Story pitch: All are approved; all earned the 5 points.

Rough drafts: Due Wednesday, August 4 (10 points)
These do not have to be complete drafts, but the more complete, the better (an outline is likely to net you 2-3 of the 10 points). You will email them to me by 11:59 p.m. on August 4, and I’ll have appointments for you to bring in your draft so that we can go over it together. (Class on August 5 and 9 will be one-on-one meetings.)

Final stories: Due on the blog by Wednesday, August 11, at 1 p.m. (60 points). A full list of sources is due to me, with their full contact info (phone and email addresses), at the time you post your stories to the blog.

About Suzi Steffen

Suzi Steffen teaches, writes, edits, reviews and rides (her adult tricycle named Momo) in Eugene, Oregon. For many years, she taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. As of fall 2015, she's teaching at Linn-Benton Community College, and as of fall 2017, she's also teaching at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Suzi edited Lane Monthly and works as an arts journalist across the state and country. You can find her at jprofsuzi on Twitter or email her at jprofsuzi at gmail dot com.
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