What is an investigative story?
Ida B. Wells
Read / Watch before class
Alert: The following items include racial epithets as well as descriptions and/or images of violence.
Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, 1892
David Smith, "Ida B. Wells: The Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement," The Guardian, 2018
Roy Wilkins, “Mississippi River Slavery in 1933,” The Crisis, 1933
Ed Bradley, “Johnny D,” 60 Minutes, 1992
Equal Justice Initiative, "Walter McMillian," eji.org
Lecture / Q&A
What are the essential elements of an investigative story? How do you find one? How do you pitch one?
WK 1 Detail
WK 1 Homework & Tools
Do the three following items for homework, using the research tools below.
1: Read/watch materials for Week 2.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch for one of the Week 2 read/watch materials.
3: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch based on one of the photos below.
Identify the photos below and then write a pitch for an investigative story based on ONE of them.
To identify what's going on in these photos, you might:
To do a Google Images search, you must first download the photos. Then click the camera icon on the Google images page, then click on “upload an image,” then choose the photo loaded on your device.
Sample Pitch #1
Sample Pitch #2
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