The purpose of this assignment is for you to develop the background research necessary to produce forthcoming stories in your neighborhood. You will craft a written presentation, which not only demonstrates your factual knowledge of your geographic beat, but also your ability to give us the narrative vibe of your neighborhood. Think of it as a written overview you might see from a tourism organization. (Why would I want to live or work in your neighborhood? Though, it doesn’t need to be promotional.)
Spend time researching your neighborhood from a variety of local resources — including visiting your neighborhood in person. Pull together the necessary information to provide a background document, given the purpose above, into a 500-word, 12 pt, double-spaced report. Do not simply recite facts. You should (obviously) avoid cutting and pasting information from your sources.
You should also have a section listing important neighborhood contacts (people). These might be ANC representatives, DC Council members, etc. Since this is a list, it is above and beyond the 500-word minimum.
Finally, take at least one photo that represents a section of your neighborhood. Include that somewhere in your doc.
Check out the neighborhoods section of this DC neighborhood profiles doc for a good example. (Note, however, this lacks the narrative element we’ll be expecting you to write. You also don’t need to design your document like this — though if you have a graphic design skill set, you’re welcome to.)
(100 points total)
- 70 points: Ability to showcase your factual knowledge of the beat while combining the element of narrative storytelling.
- 25 points: Grammar, use of words, sentence structure, appropriate length.
- 5 points: A photo, with short narrative or caption, which represents your neighborhood beat.
The following three examples, from Fall 2019, all met the assignment requirements and earned a high grade. Exceptional assignments will go above and beyond, showcasing the neighborhood through additional photos, captions and design.