Article #3 and blogging your Investigative article

Article #3 guidelines

For article #3, you will write a news story about an issue surrounding a controversial event, law or policy.  As with the previous article, you need to make sure that there is a local angle.

Possible subjects:

  • occupy wall street
  • Sweet Briar’s honor code
  • Obama’s decision to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the new year
  • or, the issue you will be writing your investigative article about

Blogging your investigative articles

For next Tuesday, you will begin blogging on your personal blog about the process of researching and writing your investigative articles.  You are free to use WordPress, Tumblr, or Blogger.

Guidelines:

  1. The blog must have a title
  2. It must be connected to twitter and one other social media platform (facebook, delicious, tumblr, flickr, picasa, stumbleupon, youtube, etc.) that will allow readers to watch you gather sources, images, audio, or video.
  3. Your first post (due next Tues.) will give an overview of your article topic, describe difficulties or obstacles you have encountered so far, if any, and provide hyperlinks to the sources you have gathered so far.
Each week, from now until December 1st you will write two posts that update your progress.  These need not be lengthy–200 words will suffice, but they should be visually and informationally dynamic, linking us to articles, video you have shot, audio you have recorded, infographics you have made, even drafts of parts of your article in progress.
Keeping up with this regimen will ensure that you are on deadline with the draft of the investigative article and will give you practice developing a readership.

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