4/07/2006

FINAL PROJECT - THE "NEW" NEW YORKERS

Hi everyone-

Now that Issue 4 is just a fond memory, I wanted to give you all
some things to think about over the weekend.

First of all, my primary mode of communication about deadlines and
other information will be the blog. In reality, we are producing
two projects - the final project website, and the class blog on
blogger, nyc24. So at the risk of sounding more like Sree than I'm
comfortable with, you should be checking the blog every day, and
posting often.

We are going to do a few things differently for this project. With
the exception of ths week's pitches, we will be staggering all
other deadlines. I am telling you this now for a few reasons. One
is to warn you to pay attention to your specific deadlines. But
more importantly, I want you to realize that you will be working on
a much more expedited timeline than you have been thus far. So plan
your lives (and your reporting) accordingly.

As Jeff and Duy mentioned, you may be coming up with pitches on your
own, but reporting out your stories with multimedia will requre
everyone to pitch in. Right away, when you schedule an interview,
or know you are going to an event, your first emails should be to
Erik, who is the photo editor, and Khody, the multimedia editor.
Let them know where you're going and what you need, (and listen to
their input about what you need) and they will help to hook you up
with someone to shoot video, man the marantz, or take photos.

I encourage all of you to attend the immigration march on Monday and
I will be posting details to the blog this weekend regarding times
and locations. A few of you will be asked to cover the march, and
capture still photos and audio.(If you have an interest in covering
it, contact me ASAP) But even if you aren't covering it, it is a
great opportunity to brainstorm and get ideas.

The editorial team will be having a big-picture meeting on Tuesday,
April 11th, from 5-7PM. It is mandatory for the editors, but anyone
who wants to attend is welcome and encouraged to do so. I'll blog
more details once I have secured a location.

Finally, the preliminary deadline schedule for next week is as
follows. You will note that you have two pitch deadlines--your
initial pitches on Wednesday and your revised pitches on Thursday.
This way, by Thursday night, your pitches should be in great shape,
and we will have plenty of options.

DEADLINE SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK:
(BE PREPARED: ADDITIONAL DEADLINES WILL BE ADDED)

EDITORS' BRAINSTORMING MEETING:
5 PM, APRIL 11, LOCATION TBD.
*THIS IS AN OPEN MEETING - ALL ARE WELCOME*

PITCH DEADLINE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 12 NOON
3 STORY PITCHES, TO ERIN AND ANNE

3 complete, well-thought pitches, fitting into the theme of The
"New" New Yorkers. We want to know how and why each pitch fits into
the theme, who you've spoken to, and possible multimedia angles.

Anne and I will return your pitches, with comments, APRIL 12, BY
5PM.

REVISED PITCHES DUE: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 3PM, TO ERIN AND ANNE

CLASS: PITCH NIGHT, 6:30 PM

Miscellaneous notes:
Wednesday, April 12 begins the first night of Passover. I know some
of you will be unable to attend class on Thursday, the 13th; if
that is the case, just please let me know ahead of time, and we'll
arrange a time to talk about your pitch before class.

Any questions, concerns, problems -- you can reach me at either my
cell or home phone, on the blog, or by email.

Good luck on your pitches, and check the blog this weekend.

Erin

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