As you look toward offering story ideas for the institute's online publication, keep in mind focus and feasibility.
First, you won't have all that much time to report and illustrate your stories. Second, consider who is most likely to read an online publication put together by participants in the Reynolds Institute.
My suggestion: Both of these considerations can be addressed by concentrating on stories tied to the institute, its surroundings and its participants. Topics related to journalism, high school news organizations and the future of news are feasible because you'll have ready access to sources who can speak to these subjects and a calling card to use with others in the news business. Reading the institute's agenda closely and following links in the syllabus to trade publications should yield focused ideas.
If you want to take on an issue in the community surrounding the Reynolds Institute, think focus. You aren't going to get to the bottom of the immigration issue in your time here, for example, but are there focused ideas within that topic that you can develop? You bet. Do keep in mind that stories get more and more difficult to execute the farther you get from the institute and its immediate surroundings.
Reading bios of your fellow participants can yield ideas as well.
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