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Mallory Miller Pitch 1

February 3, 2013 11:12 pm Leave a comment Go to comments

Name: Mallory Miller

 Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

__X__ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

 _____ Live tweet and story (1 photo and/or graphic)

Your pitch, written directly and concisely in one paragraph (imagine what your lede or nut graf would be) – 20 points

A bill proposed by Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff would require drivers over the age of 80 to take a cognitive test in order to renew their drivers licenses. Many blame the young, and texting, for the majority of accidents on the roads. However, the most recent figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that the highest rate of fatal accidents was among those age 70 and older. While giving up driving may mean giving away some freedom for seniors, it may be the best way to keep themselves and other drivers safe.

Explain why your audience would find your story compelling – 15 points

People are concerned for their safety on the roads. With this test, it may be possible to determine whether or not it is safe for older citizens to be behind the wheel.
Also, people with elderly relatives whom they have a role in caring for are split between wanting their relative to have the freedom of driving and the concern for their safety. This may be able to give them some piece of mind.

Explain why this story is best told using this format – 15 points.

Hopefully, I will be able to show what the test will entail if put to law. It will also be useful in showing the emotion of drivers that could be affected by the bill. 

How will you tell this story visually?  Please be specific. For example, list potential B roll shots for your video story – 10 points

I hope to use explanatory graphics to show the current death and accident statistics. I would also like to show the test and get some footage of someone renewing his or her license at the DMV, in the current process. I can also show the new parts of the bill.

List the names and titles of the sources you plan to use in your story – 10 points.

Sen. John Harms – author of LB351
Sara O’Rourke – Driver Licensing Service Administrator, Nebraska DMV

Will also interview some drivers in the age range, or who are about to be in the age range, of 80 and up.

What roles will your identified sources play in the story? – 10 points

Harms will be able to explain his research and motivations for creating the bill.

O’Rourke will be able to explain the current process of renewal for driver’s licenses. She might also be able to map out any challenges increased regulation would mean for the DMV.

List the names and titles of the sources you have already contacted for the story – 10 points. (If you have not reached any sources, please leave this blank. If you are live tweeting, list the hashtag you have chosen and what other hashtags you might include in the course of tweeting.)


What is your back-up story idea if this one falls through? – 10 points

Ben Leypoldt was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The disease affects his movements, and requires a special type of living space in order to make every-day tasks manageable. Leypoldt has put his talent with computers and gadgets to good use by providing an outlet for those who share his trouble with finding good accessible housing at livingonyourown.org. He hopes the information he gathers will help to make local changes.

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