1 Million Story Ideas Special: Eat Clean, Train Dirty

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.


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.


Eat Clean, Train Dirty


1Working out and getting in shape in between classes (and clubbing) is HUGE right now among the student masses. Need proof? Read students’ chests. Two T-shirt sayings favored by evermore undergrads: “Do you even lift bro?” and “Eat clean, train dirty.”

In a special issue devoted entirely to all things health and fitness, The Dialog at George Brown College highlights the many ways modern students are maintaining or obtaining a better bod — including vegan diets and military-style boot camps.

Join the Dialog by producing a similar report about your school’s health-and-fitness crazes and compelling related stories. Among the possibilities for profiles and features: campus exercise classes, student weight-loss support groups, a student’s extreme weight loss journey or a recovering exercise addict. Or follow the footsteps of “Supersize Me,” eating only campus cafeteria food for a week or month and measuring the physical, mental and social impact. (The Dialog, George Brown College)  (Idea written and submitted by Karen Funaro)




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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