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SUPPLEMENT 9: Story pitch
Before beginning work on a story, submit a story pitch to me in which you:
- summarize the idea,
- tell why this story idea is worth doing (why it is newsworthy for your intended audience),
- list at least 4 specific possible sources (names, types, functions) representing both sides of the issue, and
- say for what specific media outlet it is intended.
- I propose to do a story on how well the college's smoking policy is being implemented and what repercussions it is having—both beneficial and problematic. I will try to show how the policy actually works (and does not work) by relating the experiences of smokers and non-smokers.
- This idea is worth doing because smoking is a controversial public health issue that strongly affects those involved. An estimated 25 percent of Wheeling Jesuit students smoke, according to the Health Office, so this is not an isolated issue.
- Among my contacts will be Daniel Caron who headed the committee which designed the policy, students who have tried to quit smoking as a result of the policy as well as smokers who have not, students who have been affected by smoking and college Health Office staff who work with those trying to quit.
- I intend this story for the Feb. 23 issue of The Cardinal Connection.