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  • Angry: “My sister wore my sweater, and I was really mad! But that’s not news!” But is it? How about siblings getting along, with quotes from family counselors plus “real” people.Angry: “I had to pay adult price at the movie but I still can’t see shows rated R.” How ARE movie ratings assigned? What does your local theater choose and why? Or can they?Curious: New construction in town, and does that equal more jobs or more traffic or….? Curious: Don’t report rumors but do check them out. Raising the cost to park on campus? Yes, but the whole lot is being resurfaced and what does that cost?Consumer reporting: computers (don’t get stuck with the wrong one for your major in college!), iPad, new iPhone, Kindle, used cars, etc. Conduct a consumer survey, a good way to see how readers spend money, a great article with infographics plus something to use to attract advertisers. But don’t just ask kids what they think. Get the facts from mechanics, colleges and what they tell students for computers, etc.Best friend: “What are you wearing to Prom?” That could be an article on the cost of Prom dresses compared to last year, the possibility of vintage dresses or a nearby resale shop that specializes in formal wear or a non-profit that runs a special “low cost” Prom dress sale.Worried about: college costs (Are they really higher? What did the change in college loans REALLY mean? What are the advantages of going to a community college for two years? Then what does it take to transfer?); car insurance (Is there a way to avoid paying SUPER high rates, especially if you are a teen male? How can you cut costs based on the type of car you drive? What companies give breaks to those with high grades?)
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    1. 1. Nothing ever happens here…
    2. 2. Story ideasAND WHERE TO FIND THEM Candace Perkins Bowen AEJMC Teach-In Chicago, Aug. 8, 2012
    3. 3. Nothing isgoing onhere…• Nobody has anyideas• We’ve covered all ofthis before.• Our town is soboring.• Students don’t readthe paper anyway.• Yadda yadda yadda
    4. 4. Why not ask yourself some questions?• What has made me angry lately?• What have I been curious about?• What am I planning to buy?• What did my best friend just ask?• What am I worried about?
    5. 5. And where are the sources you need?Experts Spokespersons Doctors  Store employees County health officials  Company Lawyers representatives Police officers  Red Cross volunteer College profs  Even a school public Auto mechanics relations person
    6. 6. And where are the sources you need?Reactive But not… Ones who attended an  The first five clueless event kids in the hall. Ones who have used a product Ones who have experienced a situation
    7. 7. The answers are your stories!