Tuesday in class, Liz and I talked a little about coming up with story ideas. We talked about:
- How stories beget stories (talking to people and learning about a subject leads you to more people and other possible stories).
- How reading in the archives leads us to important follow-ups (like the story about the baby born right after the Sedalia tornado).
- How reading other publications prompts “localized” stories (like the story Glyn is doing about the Supreme Court’s video game decision).
But some of the biggest, richest stories come from observation and spending time in what we call “Third Places.”
I like what columnist and feature writer Beth Macy has to say about observation in this piece, “Notice What You Notice.”
Please also watch this video (yes, I know it was produced at KU — let’s just swallow our pride and move on).
Can you think of some Third Places in Columbia?