Assignment 4: Issue Story

Worth 25 points 

  • Reporting plan due Monday, April 17
  • Complete draft due Monday, May 1
  • Revised draft due on Monday, May 8

Groups:
Team 1 – Ashleigh, Sarah, Robert, Summer
Team 2 – Rhiannon, Cody, Kelley, Ellen
Team 3 – Janay, Essence, Geneva, Lillian
Team 4 – Mavish, Brian, Susan, Aleesa
Team 5 – Lauren, Dylan, Shawn, Sierra

Topical Reporting or Issue Story definition:

A reporting project on a topic or issue of public concern. Not necessarily driven by the regular news cycle, although it can have a news peg in current events. Uses the traditional techniques of feature writing — i.e, character development, setting scenes, structured with a narrative arc — to inform and engage the audience. Online publications often make use of multimedia to help present a vivid and compelling story.

Examples for Topical Reporting or Issue Stories from 2016 OJA

Assignment Goals:
-To research an issue of public concern
-To present the issue in clear, explanatory fashion
-To educate the audience
-To demonstrate how and why the issue matters in people’s everyday lives
-To combine text, visuals, audio or video, and data/facts in an informative and compelling manner
-To work in a team to report and produce content

Requirements:
-A clear, compelling issue that you can research and educate others about.
-A localized angle to the issue. Something you can access and audience can relate to.
-Use of facts/statistics/data from at least three (3) reputable sources. Facts should be incorporated into the piece and linked.
-Interview at least four (4) people about the issue. People interviewed must be connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. At least two of the interviews must be captured and presented on video. You must also have portraits of all people you interview.
-Written text will explain the issue and provide basic information, background and context. Appox. 1000-1500 words.
-Multimedia (photos, audio, videos or graphics) will convey how the issue is connected to real people and their lives.
-Issue story must be posted online. Story should have a clean layout and compelling presentation.
-Individual bylines should be on text, photos, videos and multimedia so I know who captured or created content.
-Any media you did not capture or create yourself must be attributed and used only with permission of creator.

How To:

Grading:

Reporting plan (1 point)

  • Each team will submit a plan for breaking down and reporting their issue story. Due Monday, April 17

Reporting (6 points)

  • Choice of topic and localized angle
  • Use of facts/statistics/data from at least three (3) reputable sources. Facts should be incorporated into the piece and linked to text.
  • Interview at least four (4) people about the issue. People interviewed must be connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. Full names are required unless nature of topic presents safety issue for source (ie domestic violence or sexual assault).
  • At least two video interviews with relevant people.

Writing (7 points)

  • Compelling, descriptive headline with key words
  • Appropriate bylines and photo/multimedia credits
  • Structure (See required structure in Part 3: Assembling an Issue Story)
  • Mechanics, grammar, spelling
  • Clean, compelling writing
  • Maximum length – 1500 words
  • Hyperlinks to facts/stats/data and other relevant source material

Multimedia (7 6 points)

  • Compelling featured image
  • At least two video interviews with relevant people
  • Appropriate choice of media (ie video for action, graphic for statistics, etc)
  • Quality of multimedia
  • Overall presentation of news story – layout, design, structure

Teamwork (4 5 points)

  • Each team member will be evaluated on their reporting effort/content/teamwork
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