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Story Ideas seminar spark ideas in students

Students write down lists of story ideas over various topics given.

Students scribble down a list of stories.

High School Journalism Institute (HSJI) instructor and Floyd Central journalism advisor Jim Lang taught a class during the first session of HSJI regarding story ideas. Lang said to the class his goal by the end of the session was that the students would not only have methods to come up with unique and different story ideas, but also that they would go home with a few of their own.

Some ideas that Lang shared included hallway or event walks, asking about other’s interests, and keeping a list of possible stories. Lang said it’s also very important to find the significance and emotion behind the news.

“Put a face on it,” Lang said. “If you can’t put a face on a story I don’t care. …
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