Passion and perspective lead to cool projects

San Jose Mercury News‘ Tiffany Grandstaff set the tone for #SNDSF’s student day with tips on how to pursue a project that not only satisfies the interests of the journalist and the readers, but also the interests of editors.

Grandstaff's presentation
Grandstaff’s presentation

So where does a reporter start? Grandstaff said the process goes deeper than just having an idea. Based on her professional experience, she said being passionate and starting small can get the ball rolling. She urged us to have a sense of ownership over the project.

Grandstaff's presentation
Grandstaff’s presentation
Grandstaff's presentation
Grandstaff’s presentation

Great projects, however, are often the work of a team. Grandstaff advised us to find peers to pair up with and to get feedback. She said to think of how our projects can represent the best of what the entire newsroom has to offer.

Grandstaff's presentation
Grandstaff’s presentation

“If you’re good and if you apply yourself, you can do cool stuff,” Grandstaff said. “You don’t have to be the boss to do cool stuff.”