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First reporting assignment: a preview story

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: reporters, reporting, teaching journalism.

It’s the first week of class in your reporting class. Your students are bright and eager — and they don’t have a clue about what they are supposed to do. You want to get them into the field quickly, but you’re afraid (rightly so) to unleash them on an unsuspecting campus.

The solution: a preview story. It’s a simple, straightforward assignment and will give them some confidence as they get into the reporting game. has some thoughts about the preview assignment and an example for your students to follow in either HTML or PDF form.