In Class: Digital-first Workflow Brainstorming Activity


Here is a standard workflow for how a student reporter might cover a football game for a weekly university newspaper. The result is a 750-word print article with two photos. It is also posted online and linked to via social media.

Saturday – Pre-game
-Reporter does pre-game research on team and opponent.

Sunday, Game day
-Reporter goes to game at 7 pm. Gathers stats, info on big plays, interviews coach and a few players.
-Reporter sends out a tweet with score.
-Photographer goes to game and takes photos.

Monday – Day after game
-Reporter writes up 750-word story. Emails it to editor.
-Photographer emails photos to editor.

Tuesday – Two days after the game
-Editor responds to story. Has reporter add a few details, get an additional quote.
-Reporter rewrites story and returns it to editor.

Wednesday – Three days after the game
-Editor-in-chief revises story.
-Story is copy edited.
-Laid out for print publication. Headlines and photos are added.
-Final copyediting.
-Newspaper goes to printer at night.

Thursday – Print edition delivered
-Story is posted online on newspaper website.
-Link to online article is posted on Twitter and Facebook.
-Print publication comes out.

Brainstorming Activity:

List the kind of information/content/forms of media you think students want on this game?

For each thing you listed in question #1:  When do students want this information (i.e., day before, day of game, day after, etc?)

For each thing you listed in question #1: What is the best way to get this information to them (i.e., Twitter, posted on a website, in print, etc?)

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