Due: Friday, April 8
No minimum word count.
No required links
Your task this week is to create something totally unique. You don’t have to link anything, find any outside sources, or process. Your job is simple, but it’s the most consistently challenging task for great journalists.
Go out and find a person with a story to tell and get a story from them. Pass that story along on your blog in the form of an extended quote. Challenge yourself to keep your post to only the quote and descriptions of their speaking.
You’re not allowed to do email/messenger reporting. Online video and audio reporting is acceptable. This should be a quote you get as a result of a conversation. Think about relatives, teachers, siblings, bosses, or just interesting people who will let you talk to them. You do not need to put the person’s name in your post if they aren't comfortable with you using it.
The story could be sad, funny, nostalgic, powerful, or mundane. The most important thing is that you’re finding it and getting it down to share. Use your best judgment about what is appropriate to publish online and protect the identity of your source if the story is sensitive.
I can’t wait to read what you guys come up with.
If you want an example of people getting stories from people who they care about, listen to these excellent examples on StoryCorps.
If you want to know what StoryCorps is, check this out. There's also a great NPR story/audio about it.
If you would like to do your update as an audio file or video file, go ahead. I can help if you need it.