During the first class sessions of MIPA 2018, students began learning the basics of writing good feature stories and how to become good interviewers. Throughout the course, students will be looking at different ways that you can tell feature stories through social media apps including Snapchat or through Twitter, according to instructor Julia Satterthwaite.
Satterthwaite said, “(Students’ projects) sort of (depend) on the skill they want to work on. I have them either live tweeting an event, writing a news brief or using a digital media tool for their main in-depth feature story. The big culminating work is the in-depth feature story. I’m recommending that they do it on the Issues panel on suicide. If they have a passion for sports or a particular interest in Desmond Ferguson’s story, they can work on that for their in-depth feature. If suicide is too raw of a topic for them, they have the choice to choose their own (topic).”
Satterthwaite also said she will start Tuesday’s afternoon session at MSU’s Dairy Store.
“They’re going to be working on a team storytelling project where they’re going to be broken into teams of four or five and we’re going to start with some ice cream. They’re going to brainstorm an idea and just walk around, find a story, report it and then we’ll be sharing them out with the class,” Satterthwaite said
Feature Coverage students including Lauren Stallman said they are looking forward to learning new skills.
“I’m definitely looking forward to experience I can get from this class,” Stallman said. “Not just the writing, but definitely the reporting aspect because I’ve had more practice with writing.”