So you've read a wide-variety of reportage for this week. Hopefully you have a sense of what makes good reporting good. For this week's asynchronous portion of the class, please post roughly 200 words in response to this prompt:
Pitch an article for publication in the BSU Comment. Here are some ground rules:
1) It has to be possible to do. What I mean is, you are not in a position to travel to Syria to cover rebel holdings. You can not go on deep cover in a drug-trafficking ring. These are sort of way out there, and there are a lot of other things that might seem possible, but, if you really think about it--travel, covid, cost, danger, legality--just aren't possible.
2) It can't be a review. The Comment gets lots of folks who want to write movie, TV, or book reviews. I get it. It's fun. You don't have to do any real reporting work. They have too much of that stuff. It ways down the paper.
3) It can't be about sports. Sort of the same reasons as above. The Comment gets a lot of stuff about Boston teams.
4) It needs to be relevant to the local. You can pick something that is about campus. You can pick something about the town of Bridgewater. You can pick something about one of the local high schools that send a lot of kids to BSU (Brockton, B/R, etc).
Essentially, I'm asking you to pitch a story that you could conceivably do and that would exercise the skills required of good reporting. I'm not asking you to do this article, but this can be a way to add to your resume this semester. I will share these article ideas with the faculty adviser of The Comment and see if she/The Comment Staff (several of whom are in our class) would be interested in pursuing them. Once I hear back, you will have the option to write and submit the article. You'll have a week to do it--because part of writing for a newspaper is writing fast and to a deadline.