1 Million Story Ideas Special: Crowdsourcing Ideas for a Better Campus

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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A Mass of BETTER Ideas

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As part of its 2014 Ideas Issue, Time magazine editors asked celebrities, big thinkers, readers and the public at-large about ideas they have to make the world a better place — at times comprised into a single tweet. Four examples: “Ensure everyone [has] a great mentor and teacher in their life at all times”; “I’m thinking team sports that involve boys [and] girls together. So they learn what [great] gender balance feels like at an early age”; “We need to end the notion of nation state; remove border; declare global citizenship, with equal rights and freedoms for all”; and “The Monday after the Super Bowl should be declared National Hangover Day and all businesses should be closed.”

Follow Time’s footsteps, playing off the world focus with a campus twist. Ask faculty, students, staff, alumni and even townies for ideas on making your school a better place — hopefully nabbing answers that mix serious and snarky, big picture and everyday. Possibly do it on Twitter via hashtag or more old school man-on-the-street style.

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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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