26 September 2005
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Suggest three story ideas connected to Homecoming weekend.
What's your angle?
How will your story on Topic X be different from the same kind of routine story on Topic X that another reporter might deliver? A pitch is persuasive. Why should your editor assign you to the story you want? (Don't plead, and don't tear down other reporters in your pitch, but do explain what special knowledge, unusual perspective, and unexpected sources you can bring to your article.)
Who (and what) are your sources
Whom will you interview? What resources can you consult before you conduct interviews? (Don't count on President Boyle or Coach Snyder being available to meet individually with 30 students on Friday afternoon.) What sources other than interviews can you consult?
Rank your ideas.
Rank your story ideas according to your willingness to do each. Be sure to note any potential conflict of interest.
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