Back in the Swing of Things
Lots of journalism happenings going on this week! I had my third live shot shift this Tuesday, which was pretty rough to wake up for after a three-day weekend. I left on Friday, and didn’t really have a chance to do any reporting before my shift. My goal is to work toward having some really relevant and substantial information for viewers, even though it’s 4:30 in the morning. I want to show (not just tell) people something useful in each of my live hits. If any of you are watching, let me know how you think that’s going. I’m in the process of learning how to upload all my video directly on my website, so you can see exactly what I mean. Until I figure that out, I’ll post some links.
Here’s one from this Tuesday. I covered Obama’s controversial speech to students across the nation: (This is actually my least favorite version, so I’ll get the video up as soon as I can!)
After a long nap and some non-journalism work (crazy, I know) I went to campus for our first RTNDA--Radio Television News Directors Association--meeting. It’s a great group of KOMU people that brings in great speakers and plans some really fun trips. I’m already signed up to go see Mike Leonard, an award-winning storyteller and correspondent for NBC.
Today I didn’t have any broadcast work planned, other than waking up to see my friend, Christy, do cut-ins during the Today Show. Big surprise though, plans changed and I ended up filling in for one of the 5 o’clock anchors, Sarah Hill. I had a great time, but for some reason I felt a little more uncomfortable than usual. Fortunately, I get to work with great professionals and teachers who gave me some things to work on for next time. Example, interacting with the other anchor as if she were my partner-in-crime instead of my “disgruntled spouse.” I’ll let you know how that goes…
Most exciting of all, I found out that I will be working on a really important story this semester for my Advanced Reporting class. Three other reporters and I will collaborate with local attorneys to look into how law enforcement officials handle domestic abuse. I have a weird feeling that this story is really going to mean something. I can’t wait to get started.
Until I know more, here’s what/who I’m following (on Twitter, on the web, wherever I come across something interesting) this week:
Blaine Gabbert, Mizzou Quaterback
Kim English, Mizzou Basketball player