The Huffington Post has launched “What’s Working,” an editorial initiative that includes a challenge for USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism students to focus on coverage of positive stories.
Co-founder Arianna Huffington challenges students to report positive, uplifting and solutions-based stories about what is working in society.
“We want you to apply the same reportorial rigor, substance and creativity to good news as you do to all your best reporting. And when you do, we want to feature your work,” she said.
Throughout this semester, Huffington Post editors will help students to identify and shape those stories, helping to frame them for maximum impact online and posting the best work in multimedia formats.
Wanted: high-caliber journalism
The What’s Working Challenge offers students an opportunity to broaden their range of stories and a chance to have their work published by producing high-caliber, ethical and intellectually rigorous journalism in the public interest, said Willow Bay, director of the School of Journalism and senior editor at The Huffington Post.
“We want you to change the world with your journalism, but also to change the world of journalism,” Bay said. “This is your opportunity to do both.”
Stories will be produced via the USC Annenberg news sites Neon Tommy, Annenberg Radio News, Annenberg TV News, Intersections and USC Impact.
In the new Wallis Annenberg Hall, students run these organizations — along with the public relations operations — from the converged Media Center, a newsroom that fully converges audio, video and text production for delivery on all platforms.