Lost Stories schedule


For your Lost Stories assignment, you will work individually to research a photo from the Birmingham News photo archive. From this research, you will develop and pitch three story ideas. We will discuss these pitches in small groups and you will settle on one story to pursue. You’ll then report and write a story about or inspired by the photo. You’ll also develop an engagement/distribution plan for your story. The goal is for your story to be published (with your byline) on AL.com.

Deliverables and deadlines

All of the following should be delivered in two ways: 1) two hard copies brought to class on the due date, and 2) a Google Doc shared with me at chip.brantley@gmail.com.

August 30  – Come to class with your top three photo choices. There will be some overlap with your classmates. That’s OK. We’ll concoct some fun way to determine who gets what.

September 6 September 9 September 13 – Backgrounder on the photo due. This summary of the photo should be a minimum of 300 words and it should answer the basic who, what, when, why, where of the photo. You will figure all this out by finding archival stories and doing other research.

September 13 – Three story pitches due. Each pitch should be minimum of 150 words and should articulate a clear story idea (as opposed to a topic or issue — we’ll discuss the difference). The three pitches should be composed in one Google Doc.

September 15 – By the end of class on this day, everyone will have an assigned story to work on.

September 22 – Audience engagement/distribution plan for the story due. If/when AL.com publishes your story, who will the target audience be?

September 29 – Final story due. The final story should be at least 800 words (unless you have a convincing reason it should be shorter than that).

Questions? Leave them in the comments.