Getting ready for our Google map project

Each of you will write a 250- to 350-word blog post, with a few photos, about a historical attraction in Boston. You all have an assigned attraction at this point. Your post should function partly as a feature story, partly as a review, providing information that a would-be tourist would need to know in deciding whether or not to visit.

We agreed in class today that each post needs to include the following information:

  • Days and hours of operation
  • Cost, if any; or note whether it’s free
  • Website and phone number
  • Exact address
  • Whether the attraction is handicapped-accessible
  • The nearest T stop
  • A “strange fact.” Example: Legend has it that the Boston Athenaeum has several books bound by human skin. (I understand that not everyone’s strange fact will be that good.)

The assignment includes an interview. You need to get some quotes from someone — a tourist, a tour guide, whoever — with his or her name and some identifying information (i.e., Jonathan Turley, a tourist from Boise, Idaho). I’m only looking for one interview because we need to keep our posts reasonably short.

When you come to class on Tuesday, you need to have your story written and posted on your blog and your photos available to you. You will need one photo specifically for the Google map — a horizontal, general shot that could be of something as simple as a building or a sign. It must be online, either in your blog post or on Flickr.

We’ll put the map together in class.


About Dan Kennedy

I am an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, and I'm using for my blog, Media Nation, as well as class websites.
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