1 Million Story Ideas Special: The F*ck Yeah Q&A
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.
Student journalists at Brown University have put together a buzzworthy blog aiming to answer every inane, quirky and random question a prospective student, current student or alum might have about the Ivy League school. The Tumblr creation’s name, ahem: Fuck Yeah, Brown University.
The keys to its success from where I’m sitting: its anonymity (enabling users to submit questions they might otherwise feel nervous emailing or meeting with someone about); its regular updating; its slapdash style in which no two questions are alike (making the reader want to keep scrolling, nonstop, since they remain eternally unsure of what they will come across next); its barebones premise and design specs (just questions and answers, single column format) and a fun name (which provokes a double-take, proves memorable and sports just the right mix of campus pride and undergrad rebellion).
Can you follow in F*ck Yeah’s footsteps and similarly provoke interesting questions, provide informed answers and bring your campus community a little closer together online? (BlogDailyHerald, Brown University)
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.