Journalism of Ideas
Brainstorming, Developing, and Selling Stories in the Digital Age
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Journalism of Ideas is a comprehensive field guide for brainstorming, discovering, reporting, digitizing, and pitching news, opinion, and feature stories within journalism 2.0. With on-the-job advice from professional journalists, activities to sharpen your multimedia reporting skills, and dozens of story ideas ripe for adaptation, Dan Reimold helps you develop the journalistic know-how that will set you apart at your campus media outlet and beyond.
The exercises, observations, anecdotes, and tips in this book cover every stage of the story planning and development process, including how news judgment, multimedia engagement, records and archival searches, and various observational techniques can take your reporting to the next level. Separate advice focuses on the storytelling methods involved in data journalism, photojournalism, crime reporting, investigative journalism, and commentary writing. In addition to these tricks of the trade, Journalism of Ideas features an extensive set of newsworthy, timely, and unorthodox story ideas to jumpstart your creativity. The conversation continues on the author’s blog, College Media Matters.
Reimold also shows students how to successfully launch a career in journalism: the ins and outs of pitching stories, getting your work published, and navigating the post-graduation job search. Related sections of the book highlight the art of freelancing 2.0, starting an independent site, blogging, constructing quality online portfolios, securing internships, and building a social media following.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Idea Stage. Chapter 2: A Journalism Life. Chapter 3: People Stories. Chapter 4: Fresh Perspectives. Chapter 5: Words, Letters & Lots of Ideas. Chapter 6: Timely Ideas. Chapter 7: Trendy Ideas. Chapter 8: Criminal Ideas. Chapter 9: Location, Location, Location. Chapter 10: The Local Angle. Chapter 11: Building a Beat. Chapter 12: Records Reporting. Chapter 13: Data Journalism. Chapter 14: Photojournalism Ideas. Chapter 15: An Immersion of Ideas. Chapter 16: Idea Lists. Chapter 17: Digital & Mobile Story Mining. Chapter 18: Journalism Hackathon. Chapter 19: Field Notes. Chapter 20: The Sales Pitch. Conclusion: Rebellious Reporter Child. Bibliography
Daniel Reimold is an assistant professor of journalism and a student newspaper adviser who has taught reporting, editing, and new media courses at universities in the U.S. and Southeast Asia.. He maintains College Media Matters (www.collegemediamatters.com), a student journalism industry blog affiliated with the Associated Collegiate Press, the largest and oldest U.S. student media organization. He is also the "Campus Beat" columnist for USA Today College and a contributor to Poynter, PBS MediaShift, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution.