The Beat for the Semester: Route 47

The “beat” of NJSouthbound.com for the semester is “From the Delaware to the Sea.” The students will stories and assignments along Route 47, also known as Delsea Drive. It’s a 75-mile long road from Brooklawn (Route 130 near Camden) to the Wildwood boardwalk. It is the longest continuous road in the state, and it offers a tour of the diverse communities and landscapes of South Jersey. As the name suggests, it connects the Delaware River to the sea. It offers a physical location. It is near campus and accessible by public transit. NJ Transit Bus 313 goes all the way from campus to Wildwood ($7.70 to go all the way.) The beat also allows students to pursue news stories as well as stories within their area of interests (political, sports, environmental, food, arts, etc).

The stories produced for the website will be “evergreen” feature stories or profile based, rather than news based. You are looking for stories that won’t go out of date quickly. However, they can still be timely.

The stories produced for the website will be rooted in a sense of place and should reveal something unique about the people, culture, or issues of Southern New Jersey. The majority of the stories must be about people and places off campus. There is already a school newspaper, TV station, radio station, and several other publications about Rowan. There is no need to replicate them.

Students will collect information through in person interviews and reporting. You will do this individually and in teams. Email and phone interviews won’t reap the required multimedia elements. Start early on your assignments. Use the entire time given. Always have a back up plan.

Stories will be gathered and presented in a variety of multimedia formats: text, audio recordings, photos, audio slideshows, and short video segments.

The NJSouthboud.com website will be interactive allowing visitors to read, listen, watch, and contribute. It will promoted (via social networks, etc) so that it reaches an audience outside of the university. And it will showcase the best multimedia journalism by Rowan journalism students.

Students will create multimedia stories with the goal of having them published on NJ News Commons and NewsWorks.org, two local websites. Throughout the semester, the editors of those publications will be reviewing student stories and may publish some of them. These stories can also be added to a student’s portfolio for internships and job applications.

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