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A free summer seminar for experienced high school journalism advisers

From the 23 teachers who attended this workshop in July 2019, we have included Solutions Journalism Story Ideas, other Story Ideas for a whole range of topics and Tech Examples of something they learned, many of these for data visualization, plus some resources anyone can use in the future for these topics.

Sonic ID assignment

Be sure to put your last name as part of the file name.

You’ll need to follow this format:

1. Introduce your subject using your own voice.

2. Your Sonic ID should be at least 55 seconds long, but no longer than 65 seconds long, including your introduction.

3. Your subject should tell an interesting and simple story about a “first” event in his or her life — the event they choose should be moving, funny or capture emotion in some way. You don’t want to tell a boring story. You should also provide enough context about the person in your story so I get some sense of what they’re like.

4. The piece should be cleanly edited, with no sound drops or variations in audio quality. Except for the introductory narration, you shouldn’t be able to hear your voice as part of the audio. There should be little background noise — natural sound is a plus, as long as it is appropriate to the story.

5. You may not choose someone you know for your Sonic ID, which would include family or friends.

6. The file should be exported from Premiere as an mp3 file (not a Premiere project file — pay close attention).

Worth 50 pts., in a class with around 800 points total. The grading rubric for this project can be downloaded at SONIC ID rubric.

Listen to examples of Sonic IDs on at


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