1 Million Story Ideas Special: Morning Routines

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.

1

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.

1

Morning Routines

1

1

1

Columbia University student Finn Vigeland is not a morning person. But last semester he did become curious about how people at CU start their days — especially those up early. In a piece for The Eye, Columbia Daily Spectator’s weekly magazine, Vigeland “reached out to different corners of campus and found two administrators and two students willing to let me tag along on their morning routines in an attempt to find out what I’ve been missing out on.”

What are students, faculty and staff at your school up to right after they rise and shine? Any especially interesting start-the-day activities, wake-up tips or productivity philosophies? Maybe some classic or cringe-worthy hangover, all-night-studying or one-night stand stories? And what individuals, organizations or operations on campus are especially lively during the early morning hours (such as the crew team, morning cafeteria workers, shuttle drivers and campus security)? (Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University)

1

1

cover

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.

1

Comments are closed.