1 Million Story Ideas Special: The Freshman 16

Over the past decade, digital tools and mobile platforms have rocketed journalism to a universe of innovation, interactivity and immediacy once unimaginable. Yet, without stellar content, journalism 2.0 is not worth the effort to read, watch, click on, scroll through, contribute to or connect with. Everything journalism was, is and will be rests on our ability to tell a story. And every story starts with an idea.

So let’s brainstorm.

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To help get you started, I have set up and regularly update the special page 1 Million Story Ideas for Student Journalists on my blog College Media Matters. 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.

Here is one example.

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The Freshman 16

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Petra Zarah Jarrar had a secret when she started at The New School in New York City. She was 16, two years younger than most freshmen. As she recalls in a piece for The New School Free Press, “I remember logging onto Facebook the very day I was accepted and removed my birthday from my profile, so that when I started friending people from my college, no one would discover the truth. I have no idea what made me so ashamed of letting people know who I truly was. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I concocted a plan to portray myself as the 18-year-old girl everyone assumed that I was.”

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How many students at your school are below not only the drinking age but the legal voting age? Are minors subjected to different rules on campus or in any other way protected or separated from the rest of the student body? And what are younger students’ day-to-day experiences in class or the dorm, at parties or campus events and with school organizations or internships? (The New School Free Press, The New School)

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For more ideas, check out 1 Million Story Ideas for Student Journalists, a quick-hit, unending, hopefully indispensable, fun, fun, fun digital story ideas fountain.

Also order a copy of 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, tons of story ideas and more than 300 games aimed at sparking you to come up with endless ideas of your own.

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