1 Million Story Ideas Special: Movies in Class

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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Movies in Class

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1Professors are increasingly employing video snippets and full-length movies as teaching supplements and discussion starters during class sessions. How much class time is set aside at your college or university for film screenings — in various departments and disciplines? What are examples of films being rolled out as especially powerful pedagogical tools? And what do students think of their tuition dollars occasionally funding so-called “movie days”?

For her part, University of Central Florida student Caroline Glenn is not a fan. As she contends in the Central Florida Future, “[W]atching movies during class is a complete and utter waste of time. Most college students don’t have much time to spare, let alone gas to spare. So driving to campus and inevitably hunting for that elusive parking space just to get to class and find out you’ll be spending the next two hours watching a movie seems like a slap in the face — and the wallet. I’ll be honest. If I walk into a class and find out it’s ‘movie night,’ I walk right out because, in the infamous words of Sweet Brown, ‘ain’t nobody got time for that.’”

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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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