Your final writing project is called a
live-in. Broadly speaking, this requires that you spend some time at a
particular place and write about it. For instance, you could spend the
night in the emergency room of a hospital, or ride around with a cop as
she patrols her beat. Or you could spend some time at a homeless
shelter, a soup kitchen, a grade school classroom, an AIDS hospice or a
nursing home. The point is to choose an environment that is challenging,
one that you're not used to and that might even make you a bit
uncomfortable. This story will require very thorough reporting. You'll
need to spend a fair bit of time at the place you've chosen,
interviewing people, taking down descriptions of the setting, getting a
feel for the mood and atmosphere. A couple of hours won't be enough.
You're going to write a story (four pages MINIMUM) that aims to give
readers a real feel for the place and the people who work or live there.
And remember, while this is a story about a place, it is, like all
feature stories, really a story about people - the people you find in
this place. Within two weeks, give me a note describing where you'd like
to do your live-in.