1 Million Story Ideas Podcast: The New York City Mayor Forkgate Scandal

This past weekend, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio found himself embroiled in a wonderfully lighthearted scandal sporting a great hashtag: #forkgate. While dining out, the new leader of the world’s greatest city used a fork to eat pizza. Photographers snapped. Social media pounced. And the news media reported with glee.

From a reporting perspective, the laughable incident serves as the foundation for bevy of potential story ideas. In the latest edition of the 1 Million Story Ideas Podcast, I share a few that come to mind. The brainstorming buzzwords include eating disorders, food allergies, food entrepreneurs, competitive eaters and just good ol’ dinner.

1For more brainstorming fun, check out 1 Million Story Ideas for Student Journalists. It includes a quick-hit, unending, hopefully indispensable digital story ideas fountain. It is aimed at inspiring student journalists to localize, adapt and reinvent a range of stories — quirky and mainstream, text-based and visual, interactive and investigatory.

Also be sure to pick up my book Journalism of Ideas: Brainstorming, Developing, and Selling Stories in the Digital Age. Dubbed “the next new mandatory text for college journalists,” it features advice from hundreds of contributors, lots of digital storytelling tips and more than 300 exercises, games and prompts helping you come up with endless ideas of your own.


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One Response to “1 Million Story Ideas Podcast: The New York City Mayor Forkgate Scandal”
  1. Marc says:

    Nice column, we have placed the fork on display at Goodfella’s Pizza and are auctioning it off for the tunnel to towers foundation on Staten Island. Marc Cosentino