A couple of things to work through …
Email those to me by the end of today and, tomorrow morning, I’ll piece them together into a final version. I think we are very close.
You need to have a first draft of a pitch submitted to eLC by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 22. This should be well thought out with at least one source listed – you’ll need more, obviously, as this goes forward.
Remember that a pitch should do the following:
- It should explain the issue being covered clearly. This means you need to have a strong understanding of what the issue is, how the story will be researched and presented. It needs to have definite and possible sources.
- It explains how you will handle the story. Run through the resources you’ll need to develop and how you expect to present the story.
- It should lure editors in. You need to sell the story – why should our audience (as defined by our forthcoming mission statement) care about this? How will it impact them? You are trying to get an editor to commit time and money to this story.
Mike Davis, who is in charge of the Alexia Foundation, wrote this piece about successful grant submissions for their competition. Some of it translates to this assignment.
(Disclosure: The Alexia Foundation is at my old school, Syracuse University, and I worked for the foundation when I was in grad school.)
Think about all the ways we have discussed talking about climate and water issues. There are political and policy issues that run hand-in-hand with the science. But there are moral, ethical, passion, faith, business and art approaches, as well.
In addition to making sure you have read Part I of the Kolbert book, plan on having read Part II for next Tuesday, January 23.
Mr. Gillis wrote a companion blog piece on whether the Keeling Curve needs a Keeling, as well.
And, so you know, we passed the 400 ppm mark a few years ago.