1 Million Story Ideas Special: International Student Guide

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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International Student Guide

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1The Indiana Daily Student at Indiana University publishes an annual guide for international students who are setting foot for the first time on IU’s campus and possibly in the states overall. It includes a breakdown of university traditions, general knowledge trivia and key terms (such as answering the iconic question “What is a Hoosier?); a glimpse at the surrounding community; tips for beating back culture shock and finding a niche within student life; international student statistics; and a listing of potentially helpful offices and services on campus and foreign food options on and off campus that will enable students to feel more at home while at IU.

Produce a similar welcome edition aimed at students studying at your school from abroad. Follow the IDS rubric of mixing campus 101 facts and stateside-living tips with listings of people, places, events and things international students might be interested in checking out or knowing more about.

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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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