The recent news surrounding the future of the Boston Globe has landed in our backyard here in Amherst, so I’ve assigned the students in my multimedia class to cover the ‘Death of a Newspaper’ as their final multimedia project.

As the coverage has outlined, the union at the Boston Globe now has 30 days to meet the demands of the New York Times Co.   That timing should work out well for the project.

The students have roughly 4 1/2 weeks to complete the project and will be doing news packages combining text, video, audio slideshows and podcasts.  The class will be divided up into teams and each team will make at least one road trip to the Boston area to do reporting.

If you have any contacts within the Boston Globe or outside that would be willing to talk to my students, please contact me.  My office number: (413) 545-5923.

Here are possible story angles (each team will choose two):

Readers’ reactions to Boston without the Globe.  This should include a road trip to Boston but could/should include interviews with readers in the Amherst area and throughout Massachusetts as well.  Could be either text, audio slideshows or video.

* Academics and Insiders perspectives.  This could be wide-ranging but would look at the ‘expert’ point of views and the ongoing debate about where the practice of journalism and the business component are headed (not necessarily in the same direction.)  Depending on who you interview, one interview could lead to an angle that would result in a standalone text piece and/or podcast.

* Historical evolution.  I’m thinking we could come up with a pretty cool timeline looking at the history of The Globe and/or history of the profession.  This could be two separate pieces and would actually be strong as a text piece or podcast.

An Inside Look.  This would take some legwork, but trying to get interviews/comments with reporters/editors from inside The Globe — as well as former reporters/editors.  Could be a strong video and/or audio slideshow.

•    The Crisis:  A look at the current crisis facing the industry.  This could be a combination of interviews and/or an interactive timeline.

•    The Future.  A look at other opportunities within Boston/Mass./New England – include looks at citizen journalism, blogging, NECIR, etc.  Could be a strong text piece or podcast.

Any help, suggestions you can offer will be more than welcome.