What is an investigative story?
Ida B. Wells
Read/watch for next week
Alert: The following items include racial epithets as well as descriptions of racial and sexual violence and images of war crimes.
Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, 1892
“Caught on Camera, Traced by Phone: The Russian Military Unit That Killed Dozens in Bucha,” The New York Times, 2022
Optional Reading: Antonio Damasio, Descartes' Error, Introduction, 1994
Lecture / Q&A
What are the essential elements of an investigative story? How do you report 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 this week's assigned materials.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace ONE of the following options: 1) pretending that you are Ida B. Wells, write a one-paragraph pitch for Southern Horrors; 2) pretending that you are a New York Times reporter, write a one-paragraph pitch for “Caught on Camera...”
3: Write and submit on Brightspace a one-paragraph pitch based on ONE of the photos below.
Write a pitch for an investigative story based on ONE of the photos below.
To identify what's going on in these photos:
Sample Pitch #1
Sample Pitch #2
Sample Pitch #3
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