Towson student (now alumni) Danielle Moore was so inspired by this video that during the Fall of 2014, she turned the idea into her capstone project:
What heroes do you know who have stories to share? Can you turn their stories into your capstone project?
Award-winning capstone story examples
Other previous capstone projects include:
- Baltimore County Fights Animal Abuse, Cayla Baker
- Raising the Standards, Denise Tillman
- A Killer in Harford County, Rachel Porto
- Photos: Reducing Bay Pollution by Brittani Bowling,
- Multimedia: Our playground by Annie Milli, Loch Raven Mountain Bikers by Bojo Bauer,
- Plus ones: Disc golf by Annie Milli, Farmer’s market payments by Alex Sutton, Hunger in Maryland by Chris Paul, Team Synched timeline by Brett Buccheri.
Longform reporting comes in many shapes
- A renaissance of long form reporting is thriving, even in a mobile ecosystem. Readers love a good read.
- Readers also love longform audio documentaries such as Serial, Embedded, Reveal and Invisibilia. Some of my local favorites include The Rise of Charm City and Out of the Blocks.
- And there’s a lot of interesting video, too, from series such as 30 for 30 to stand-alone docs such as Spike Lee’s Throw Like a Girl, to interactive projects such as The N-Word.
- This class will teach you the basic form of long-form reporting for print. If you’d like to propose an audio- or video-driven project, schedule a conference with me and let’s figure out how to make it happen.
Before you propose it, check it out!
To develop a killer story idea, you need to do some preliminary reporting. That means reading the relevant background, conducting a few informal interviews with key sources, and developing a strong pitch.
Need inspiration? Check this out: 1 million story ideas for student journalists