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Week 3 Friday


  1. Review your peers’ blogs and leave comments. (Check the list of peer blogs on our course blog.)
  2. Check your own homepage and see if you like it. Keep designing it.
  3. REVIEW the feedback for blog post 1&2 and keep perfecting your blog if you are having the same ‘issues.’
  4. Homework over the weekend: Browse our guest speaker AAron Ontiveroz’s (Denver Post photographer) work and prepare 2-3 questions for him. Due in class next Wednesday (2/19).
  5. Reminder: Also, please submit one photo for your Photojournalism assignment before next Wednesday’s class (8 a.m.) via Canvas.
  6. Quiz 1 + End of Module Reflection (Review, update, and reflect on your learning goals.)
  7. Keep working on your photojournalism assignment (Planning)
  8. Review the Blog Post 4 Assignment and start brainstorming journalistic web story ideas.

Reminder: One photojournalism photo for next Wednesday

We will use these photos to interact with our guest speaker Aaron Ontiveroz (Denver Post photographer) in class. If you have any specific questions about your work or advice you’d want to ask from Aaron, feel free to prepare accordingly. This will be a great chance to learn from an experienced professional and also an alumnus.

Quiz 1+End of Module Reflection

  • ⏱You have 30 minutes to finish the quiz.
  • 🙅You cannot use the textbook, check the course blog or your notes during the quiz. Your computer should only have the quiz page open at all times.
  • ✍️ After you submit the quiz, come find your previous reflection sheet, take a piece of paper, and take a paper clip as well. Then, move onto writing the End of Module Reflection:
    • Review your career & learning goals;
    • Reflect on how or if photography has helped achieve them in any way;
    • Update your goals if need to.
    • This reflection can be very short, depending on what your goals are.
  • 🧷Upon submitting the reflection, use a paper clip to clip them together. Make sure your name is on all the papers.
  • 📜Correct answers are available for a week, starting from 9:51 a.m. today.

Continue planning photojournalism assignment.

Blog Post 4 – Journalistic Web Story

  • Review the instruction document via Wyocourses.
  • Check out peers work.
  • Start brainstorming ideas for your journalistic web story.

In the next two weeks, we will remember the groundwork — the essentials — of newswriting.

All of you have some experience with these basics from COJO 2100 (Media Writing). It never hurts to refresh our memories about some key concepts of journalism, writing, and reporting.

First Things First. Don’t Suggest a Topic. Suggest an Angle.

Brainstorming for news ideas and finding your story focus can be difficult. But, it is necessary before you jump into a story.

What would you rather read about? (1) Student stress during finals week or (2) How a student organization offers massage, pet therapy, comedian performances, and healthy food during finals week to ease stress?

I bet story #2.

Story #2 has a strong angle, where story #1 is a general, vague topic.

I want you to write a story with a strong, specific angle.

Brainstorming by Beats

Below are six beats. Story topics are below beats. These are ways in which to organized your brainstorming.

Remember that we cannot write objective journalistic stories on topics we are INVESTED in.

We write topics that we are INTERESTED in.

Arts & Entertainment

  • Art shows
  • Music performances
  • Ballet and dance studio work or performances
  • Plays and theater
  • Movie openings or screenings

Recreation & Sports

  • Hunting
  • Adult sports leagues
  • Youth sports
  • Prepping to open the Snowy Range Ski Area
  • Vedauwoo cross-country skiing
  • Ice rink
  • Other fall/winter recreation

Health, Wellness, & Safety

  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • Stress management options and activities (e.g., yoga)
  • Wintertime activities to stay healthy
  • Counseling and mental-health related issues
  • Schools, childhood obesity, exercise, school lunches
  • Local organizations that support health, wellness, and safety

Local Businesses

  • Profile of a particular business
  • Downtown Laramie shopping
  • Competing with Wal-Mart and chain stores
  • Using social media and new media for local businesses


  • Budget and fiscal issues
  • Dorm plans
  • Profile on a professor
  • Profile on an interesting student
  • Synergy program
  • Outreach program
  • Study abroad programs
  • Alcohol awareness programs
  • Student organizations (e.g., religious student orgs, non-traditional student orgs)


  • School and tutoring-related
  • Soup kitchens and poverty-related
  • Elderly and nursing/retirement home related
  • Volunteering overseas
  • Religious-motivated volunteering

How Can I Think of More Specific Ideas? –> Here Are Some Strategies

  1. Feature story about interesting people (who aren’t your friends or acquaintances), professors (read faculty bios on various department web pages), or businesses/organizations that the community might want to know more about.
  2. Events calendars.
    1. WyoEvents
    2. Albany County Public Library Events
    3. Albany County, Wyoming Government
    4. City of Laramie Events (LaramieLive)
    5. Wyoming Public Media Community Calendar
  3. What are people talking about on social media websites? Is there a story idea there?
  4. Bulletin boards. Always read them for interesting events, speakers, and meetings.
  5. Problems, controversies, or major issues going on in students’ lives or the community. For example, what do students and faculty think about the idea of renovating the UW dorms?
  6. Calendar Stories and Anniversaries — Use the current moment to brainstorm a story idea.
  7. Trends — You can take an international or national issue and make it local (e.g., relate the #MeToo movement to a story on the SAFE Project or Sexual Harassment Training that UW requires of faculty and staff).

Where Can I Find Sources?

  1. Expert sources: UW has a vast sea of experts in areas. Check out faculty members’ web pages in various departments.
  2. Journalistic sources: Consulting other media outlets’ past articles and issues can be helpful to locate sources and get ideas.
  3. Institutional sources: Social, cultural, professional, bureaucratic, or political organizations with particular special interests. Examples include political parties, government data, community volunteer groups, student groups, and sports clubs. You can find human sources as well as data from these sources.
  4. Scholarly sources: These are oftentimes highly credible and respected sources, and they are oftentimes undervalued and underused sources as well. Universities, scholarly research from the library, and medical and scientific research centers are examples.
  5. Informal sources: Observations about your surroundings. Take notes about what you and your subjects see, hear, smell, feel, experience.
  6. Sources to beware of: Wikipedia and other wikis, lesser-known blogs, and convenient sources like friends, neighbors, and family.
  7. Note that you can use friends, neighbors, and family to help you identify sources that you can use.

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