Joshua Kellams First Pitch

February 4, 2013 12:17 am Leave a comment

Name:

 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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Mallory Miller Pitch 1

February 3, 2013 11:12 pm Leave a comment

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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Erica’s Pitch

February 3, 2013 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Name: Erica Jobman

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

To honor its 125th anniversary, the Sheldon Museum is introducing new art exhibits, including American artist Alexander Calder’s statue called “Tripes” and a photography collection called “Encounter.” But who is responsible for curating the artwork enjoyed by so many Nebraskans? Brandon Ruud, curator of Transnational American Art, is part of the Sheldon’s curating team, explains the process of art curating.

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

Many students and Nebraskans go to the Sheldon to enjoy the artwork, and many more people see the sculptures on campus without ever having stepped foot in the Sheldon, but little is known about who selects the pieces and how they do it. This story would show the audience how the Sheldon selects art and give a different perspective on art.

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

Video is a good format for this story because it allows the audience to actually see and hear the personalities behind the Sheldon. It will also help the audience put curating into context. The audience will also get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the Sheldon, which is not often shown.

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

I plan to interview some members of the curating staff. B roll could present a bit of a challenge, but I plan to shoot the curating staff in the offices so the audience can see them working. I also plan to get the curators working with or selecting art and setting up exhibitions. I will also use shots in and around the Sheldon to give the audience some context. I will also shoot visitors coming to the museum.

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

Ann Gradwohl, Sheldon’s public relations and marketing manager

Brandon Ruud, Sheldon’s curator of Transnational American Art manager

I will also ask to interview other members of the curating staff and possibly visitors at the Sheldon

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

Ruud is the main source that will explain the curating process. Gradwohl, the other curating staff members and the visitors will provide context to the story.

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.)

Ann Gradwohl, Sheldon’s Public Relations and Marketing manger (She has also helped me set up an interview with Ruud for next week.)

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

East Campus is holding a workshop on February 19th to re-imagine uses for the CY Thompson Library. Students, faculty and others in the community are invited to develop a new footprint (including interior and exterior space) for the library.

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Katie Bane’s first pitch

February 3, 2013 11:31 am Leave a comment

Name: Katie Bane

Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

__X__ 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

Whether you smoke it, know someone who does or strongly oppose the issue altogether, the issue of legalizing marijuana remains hotly contested after the election cycle has passed.  On February 7th, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host Heads vs. Feds, a debate between a former DEA agent and the editor-in-chief of High Times Magazine.  High student attendance is expected and the debate is audience-driven; members of the community will hopefully learn all sides of the controversial issue as their questions are answered by experts in the field.

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

This is an actual, informative debate about the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.  College campuses are well-known for young adult drug and alcohol exploration.  High attendance is expected because students care about the issue.  This story is compelling because these experts have traveled across the country interacting with students about legalizing weed and this is a great opportunity for the university and News Net Nebraska to be involved in a controversial issue.

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

Live tweeting is the perfect way to cover a debate.  I expect this event will be highly attended and will have many interested students who will not be able to attend.  Tweeting the event as it is happening gives our audience a chance to view the action live and interact with the tweeter whether it is in the form of inquiry or of additional questions to ask.

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

Tweeted photograph of the vast number of students attending
Tweeted photograph of the debaters, up-close shot
Tweeted photograph of the speakers together at the podium either debating or listening to questions

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

Steve Hager, editor-in-chief of High Times Magazine
Bob Stutman, DEA special agent veteran
Wide variety of students asking questions, some follow-up interviews after the debate

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

Hager will be the voice of those for legalizing marijuana while Stutman plays the opposing role.  The debate is audience-driven so student questions and reactions are essential for this story.

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.)

#HeadvFed, #UNL, #marijuana, #LNK, #WeedDebate, #DEA, #UPC, #controversy

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

The Sheldon Museum of Art is presenting a new “Encounter” photography collection consisting of 110 photos showcasing the museum’s vast collection.  This exhibit explores photography’s transnational significance and cultural differences and relevance.  Brandon Ruud curated the collection and will speak about its importance on February 12.  The collection is in honor of the 125th anniversary of the University of Nebraska’s art collection and the 50th anniversary of the Sheldon’ landmark Philip Johnson building.

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Demetria Stephens’ first pitch

February 3, 2013 10:48 am Leave a comment

Name: Demetria Stephens
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

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will be challenged to recycle as much as possible from Feb. 3 through March 2. It’s part of Recyclemania, a competition for colleges and universities. UNL is competing in its fourth year.

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

People on UNL’s campuses can see the recycling bins and they’re easy enough to use, but few know how effective the system is, who collects the recycling and where it goes. Interest and knowledge about recycling is growing. UNL climbed from 181st in Recyclemania 2010, to 159 in 2011 and 125th in 2012, based on the rate recycled during the competition.

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

Video is best for this story because recycling has a lot of action. Video would show what kind of things are recycled and the scale of recycling.

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

I’d try to show the recycling process from the time someone tosses something in a bin, the collection and where it ends up, at a recycling plant. I expect to see heaps and mounds of recycling. There might be some gross bags in there, too, that can’t be recycled. And I might get some footage of people tossing something recyclable in the trash. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get in the recycling plant yet.

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

Jeff Henson – UNL Recycling Coordinator
Troy Davis – Recycling Handler

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

Henson coordinates events and does office work for UNL Recycling.. Davis picks up recycling.

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.)

Jeff Henson – UNL Recycling Coordinator

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

The UNL Garden Gang club that started last semester is going to schools around Lincoln to teach children about gardening.

Zach Tegler’s First Story Pitch

January 30, 2013 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Name: Zach Tegler

 Your story format for this assignment:

__X___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

 _____ 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

            In the buildup to the Academy Awards in February, the Ross Theater is showing some Oscar-nominated movies in order to give people one more chance to see them. “Argo,” which hasn’t been in theaters since last fall, is showing for one night at the Ross, and “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – two of the more obscure nominees – will play for a couple weeks each at the theater. Many people appreciate the opportunity to see these movies.

 

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

Movie fans like me are obsessed with the Oscars and want to see every Academy Award-worthy movie before the awards are announced. The story would act both as a way to inform people of where they can see these movies if they want to and as a preview to the Oscars.

 

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

 This story contains some complicated information and just a little bit of emotion as people both want to see the movies and the theaters are showing them. Ironically, even though the story is about movies, it doesn’t actually involve very much of a visual aspect.

 

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

Photos of moviegoers, screenshots of movies (legal issues?), or portraits of my sources.

 

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

 L. Kent Wolgamott – Lincoln Journal Star columnist

Danny Ladely – Director of the Ross Theater

I will also find students and other people taking advantage of the movie showings

 

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

 The identified sources will be both consumers and providers of movies that will be a scarce product over the next month. That is the relationship I will probably want to explore in this story.

 

 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.)

L. Kent Wolgamott and Danny Ladely

 

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

A story about the history of the NU Coliseum as its role hosting Nebraska sports ends.

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Important advice for journalism students

January 6, 2013 3:26 pm Leave a comment
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