The Foundation: Story Ideas
Strongest stories offer this: How does issue/event affect me?
HUMAN INTEREST -- creates value for your readers
Focus = ANGLE
Focus: Story Mapping
Sub-topics to help focus ideas:
• Economic Consequences
• Fixing the problem
Link to English: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
Also, using props to help generate story ideas!
I really enjoyed these exercises because it really made some ways to grab students attention in a fun, creative way. I have been brainstorming and students have been coming with junk -- the meaty stories were more from one-to-one conversations... So, thanks for helping me to think of better ways to help my students. One question that I have is when do I allow editors to lead discussion and knowing when to jump in to steer kids to a better focus. I really want my students to have a true journalism experience and to allow my editors to truly make most of the decisions, but sometimes I hear about a bad focused story when I receive the 1st draft or sometimes the 2nd draft.
Olentangy Liberty High School