If you plan on working at a daily news site, the quick turnaround story is going to be your bread and butter – especially so in your first few years of reporting when you will be the low person on the totem pole.
The ability to do these 750-1000 word stories well, will determine how quickly you work your way up to doing longer reporting pieces, so this is one skill you want to have.
This class will be designed to give you real-time practice. You can select your day of the week or weekend. You will get an assignment in the morning and you’ll be expected to turn it around by 6 p.m. The good thing is that at the end of the day, you will be finished. Edits will be returned promptly, rewrites will be delivered that same night.
Video students are welcome, but again, it is one story, one day.
We will meet once a week to discuss stories. I’ve been working in the Mission a long time so it is easy for me to come up with real stories from here, but you’re welcome to report from the city of your choice and submit to Oakland North, Richmond Confidential, Berkeleyside and the East Bay Express.