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Joshua Kellams First Pitch

February 4, 2013 12:17 am Leave a comment Go to comments


 Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

 __x___ Video

 _____ Live tweet, Storify version of tweets 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

Frisbee golf, or frolf, has grown extremely popular over the last several years.  Typically considered a summer sport, it thrives in the winter months thanks to uncommonly warm temperatures and a rabid following.  One frolfer, Chris Sheik, has been playing for years, and uses frolf as an escape and a means to relax in his free time.  And even though he has to bundle up to enjoy on of his favorite sports, it hasn’t dampened his desire for the perfect round.

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

Frisbee golf is a relatively unknown sport, but has an extremely devoted following, locally and nationally.  It is also an active sport that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.  As more and more people look for ways to exercise and enjoy their free time, frolfing offers an escape.  There are also a lot of misconceptions involved with frolfing, i.e. it’s only played by people who like to drink and smoke marijuana.  One of my sources, Joshua Orr, explains the sport goes way above simple stereotypes.

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

Frisbee golf has several great natural sound opportunities, and it takes place outdoors.  The “holes”, or the places frolfers throw their discs to (in the fewest amount of throws possible), is made of chains and metal.  The courses are often set up in open, forest-filled parks.  There’s no other way to tell a story of frolfers without showing them in their environment and bringing in all the sights and sounds that go along with it.

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

I was thinking of doing a traditional news package, but I was inspired by several of the video packs we watched in class and for homework over the last few weeks, and I liked the idea of letting the sources tell their story alone.  I will gather plenty of footage of frolfers, including establishing shots of the courses, the frolfers playing, making putts, walking from hole-to-hole, etc.

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

 Chris Sheik, veteran frolfer, Team Manager at Walgreens

Joshua Orr, frolfer, Optimum Data employee

I also plan to interview someone from a frolfer’s club in Omaha.  Haven’t nailed down a specific person yet.

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

Chris and Josh will provide the substance of the story – they’re describe why frolfing has a following, what it means to them, tips for beginners, and they will help explain how frolf has impacted their lives and how it can affect others’.  The professional frolfer from Omaha will provide a bigger picture and help explain the national competitive frolfing stage.

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.)

Chris Sheik and Joshua Orr

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

UNL is going to increase housing fees by $400 beginning the fall semester of 2013.  Although Nebraska’s fees are among the lowest in the B1G, it’s still very expensive, and has forced several students to consider moving off-campus in exchange for slightly more freedom, more responsibility, but less costs.

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