1 Million Story Ideas Special: ‘New Hashtag Phenomenon’ #IAmNotYourStereotype

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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#IAmNotYourStereotype

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1“Just because I am white doesn’t mean my life is easier. … Just because I am loud/obnoxious doesn’t mean I am not sensitive. … Just because I’m brown doesn’t mean I’m Arab. … Just because I’m German does not mean I’m anti-semitic.”

These are among the statements shared by students at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn followed by the hashtag #IAmNotYourStereotype. The hashtag, and accompanying Facebook page, are the core of a class project at SJC aiming to jumpstart a “social movement against the use of stereotypes and generalizations that some people make in a split second everyday.”

Have students at your college or university dive into a similar stereotype fight — sharing the stereotypes that have been directed at them or that they have held about others. Consider following the SJC students’ lead with a social media push possibly spun off from a hashtag or Facebook or Tumblr page. (The Spirit, St. Joseph’s College) (CMM correspondent Karen Funaro contributed to this idea’s conception)

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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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