Final Story

Story Due Week 13 in e-Learning by Class Time
  • Using the many principles and techniques of literary journalism you have learned through your readings, writing, discussions and analysis, you will write an at least 1,000-word story and submit it to e–Learning. 
  • To make sure there is enough meat on the bone, I must approve all story ideas. One caveat: This cannot be a memoir or autobiographical story. It requires some current reporting.
  • Bring in enough single-spaced, double-sided copies of the final story for the entire class where we will workshop many of these. Be prepared to give a class presentation. Prepare for this in advance.
  • Though there are few limitations on the kind of story you write, you are required to have a minimum of four "people" sources.
  • Given the constraints of time and place, this needs to be a local topic.
  • I do not want to see a story with any kind of contaminated access. For example, you write a story about your mother the lawyer who defends child molestors and often wins. But it shows such a salacious side of the law you would not publish it if you could because it would be too embarrassing.
  • At the end of the story, submit a source list, which should include complete contact information (phone and e–mail) for the people you interviewed, as well as bibliographic material for written sources used.
  • Note: To understand how these will ultimately be graded, review: General Grading Criteria for Nonfiction