Taking Chances Can Be Very Rewarding: Reporting on Mark Kirk with CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole

There’s a first for everything.

When I woke up this morning, made a decision. I would ask to go out on a story with a reporter today. Resolved, I walked into work, and asked my fellow intern, Joshua Clark (check out his work, the guy’s awesome) whether he had been asked to be put on his first story, or if he went after it himself.

Josh looked at me and said, “Girl, where’s the hunger?”

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Rethinking My Future. Am I on the Right Track?

Telling stories has always been my passion. Perhaps passion is too strong a word. My desire? My instinct? My first choice? Or maybe something I simply enjoy doing.

One can tell stories in many different capacities. Up until now, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I want to be on air. I want to report. I want to get information to people who need it, and tell the stories that need to be told. But is this the best way for me to tell them? Continue reading

Three Angles. Two Hours. One Chance to Ace My Final Exam.

For our TV II final exam, we had to conceptualize, interview, shoot, write, edit, and produce a package in two hours. For an amateur team like Erin and I, this was no easy feat – especially since the rain decided to pay Chicago a visit that day. But let me tell you, the gray skies did not stop me from getting some great interviews. How I love Chicago people…

So here we were with the assigned broad topic: How has the economy in America affected Chicagoans’ summer travel plans?

We had three ideas for stories. First, we thought of cover the most basic side of it. We could go around asking people how their vacation plans have changed, if at all, and talk to tourists about coming to Chicago. Blah.

Then we thought we could try talking to local business owners to see if business has slowed during peak times, if less tourists are coming round, or if nothing has changed. But it would be too hard to get interviews on such short notice, and we would have to cover too much ground in the short time we had to film.

Finally we came up with this idea: Explain how the economy has affected Chicago residents, have people talk on why it’s still a great place to visit, and suggest how they might be able to be tourists in their own beautiful city.

Do you think we pulled it off?

P.S. This is the raw version. This is what we turned in under the time limit. No time, lower thirds, corrections, revisions, or feedback. Have mercy. ­čÖé

Social Issue Story

Assignment: Build a story around a social issue, around a topic people encounter every day. Research. Interview. Shoot. Write. Edit.

I chose to write on crash diets, and college dieting/nutrition in general. It was our last package before the final.

Lisa, my professor, said this was my best package to date, give or take a few minor things I could change. How do you think I did?