Your first reporting assignment is to interview someone who has been in the news, or someone who is quoted frequently in the media, and write a story that sums up the most interesting things that your subject tells you.
The assignment is due on Tuesday Feb. 1, so that means you have 11 days – not including today – to complete the assignment.
- Please type your story, print it out and give me a copy of it by the start of class on Tuesday Feb. 1.
- Do not post your story to your blog yet. Wait until I grade it and give it back to you.
- You are not allowed to interview friends, relatives or family members.
- Your subject should live in Florida or be of interest to Florida readers.
- You may conduct the interview in person or by phone or by email.
- You must shoot or obtain a photograph of your subject.
- Make sure your subject knows that your story will appear online for the world to see.
- Your story must include your subject’s first and last name, job title or occupation, age and town of residence.
- Your must talk to and quote at least two other human sources who are knowledgeable about your subject.
Tips on how to approach the story:
- If you aren’t following the news now, get up to speed and immerse yourself in what’s going on in Florida.
- Pick out someone who might have an interesting story to tell.
- Find that person and conduct the interview.
- When writing the story, put the newest and freshest material at the top of the story.
- Give readers enough background to understand what you are writing about, but try to break new ground.
- Find two other people to comment on – and dispute, in some cases – what your source tells you. So if your source tells you he rode aboard a UFO, you should find someone who will discuss the possibility that the voyage never happened.