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Feature Pitches

Due Tuesday, April 18 will be your pitches for the final story, the enterprise feature. You can submit to my Towson email address like you did last time. In short, this final story is a short feature on a newsworthy subject. For your pitch, I want to know four things. What is the focus of the story? Who would your primary sources be? Why is it newsworthy? And why now? Meaning, what is the news peg. You might do a profile on someone coming to speak at Towson University. The news peg then would be their appearance at TU, or perhaps they have a new book/show they are promoting. Keep your pitch realistic. Pick a subject you have access to, and can report on within the time frame. Keep the pitch specific. Don’t say: ‘I want to write a feature on domestic or sexual violence.’ Rather, you might say: I plan to write a story on [name] who was a victim of sexual assault, and now speaks about the topic on college campuses. She’s promoting a new program that will launch this spring, and I’ll arrange an interview with her on campus. I plan to talk with her about the new program and why she’s gone public. I’ll also contact the Towson University Counseling Center to see what resources there are at TU for victims, and use national statistics from RAINN and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Pick a topic you’re interested in and excited to write about. Something you may not know much about, but want to find out more.

Here is the information from the syllabus.

Story 4- ENTERPRISE STORY: News Feature/Profile: This should be based on at least three interviews (in-person) and focus on the material developed from your questioning of the subjects. Ideally, you interview your subject in a relevant location to the story’s focus. For example, for a feature on varsity team’s coach, you’d want to interview him or her in their office, on the practice field, and maybe observe them on game day. You do this to get good details and quotes that will illustrate your subject. Stories can focus on societal trends (e.g., body piercing, health habits, Social Media), community issues (public safety, construction) and events (a milestone anniversary for a program) or any subject deemed newsworthy. Follow-up or localized stories to hard news stories are also fine. You may decide to do a profile. For example, you could write a story on an artist, a Towson athlete, a faculty member or anybody with a unique and interesting story to tell. Keep in mind that you could (and should, in some cases) interview the subject’s friends, co-workers, peers, critics, family, etc. You may not interview your own friends or relatives unless you receive my prior approval. The story should be between 650-1000 words.

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