1 Million Story Ideas Special: Student Pay Schemes

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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Student Pay Schemes

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Are some students not only trolling the web for material to plagiarize but actually shelling out cash to classmates in exchange for A-level work? Samantha Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Bengal at Idaho State University, confirms, “I have always heard whispers and rumors that there are students who get paid to write papers, take tests or complete assignments for other students.”

What type of underground cash-for-classwork operations are being whispered and rumored about at your school? Depending on the side they’re on, how much do the participating students pay out or cash in? What types of assignments or courses most commonly fall prey to this manner of cheating? And what are the rules of the exchange in respect to variables such as a lower-than-expected grade, failure to follow through or being caught? (The Bengal, Idaho State University)

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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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