Class Notes: Beats/Finding focus in stories
What’s in a Beat?
- Sustainable for a semester
- Must allow you to report
- Must offer opportunities for photos, video, data, reporting and more
- Interests you, does not bore you
- Local, proximity is close to your home and/or campus location
- First ones due Tues, Sept. 16
- 5-10 bullet points about what’s going on in your beat
- These points should be potential story ideas, things you find interesting. You won’t necessarily be writing about each one, but as your editor I want to know what’s going on.
- Eventually, we’ll pick one of those points and you’ll be producing content about it
- Start to ask yourself: “can I take photos at that event? Would anyone care?” “could I get some stand up interviews on video on that topic?” “is there data associated with this story line that I could use for something?”
- For JRNL 80, it’s MULTIMEDIA FIRST … don’t aim for the 1,000-word story, aim for the gallery, the video, the social posts, the data, etc.
- These notes will live on your class blog
- You will refer to them aloud in class and I will go through them with each of you
- As you hear me and your peers dissect their notes, you will grow stronger with your own
- These do not need to be printed, but they must be on your blog and ready for class on the 10 due dates throughout semester
Finding Focus in Stories
- With multimedia, less is more. Succinct, tight, to the point … finding the focus early, will help you tell a better story, no matter the medium.
- What is the most interesting part about this story?
- What surprised me?
- What did I learn that I didn’t know before?
- What will viewers want to know?
- What comes next?
- And then … how can I best tell this story?