First Package for Good Day DePaul, Our University TV Newsmagazine

Latest package, first for Good Day DePaul. Figured I’d start out with a university story, suggested by our faculty advisor. Not too enthused about this one – should have corrected the lighting for my open, and the editing is a bit quick. Didn’t have a lot of time for turn-around. But… it is what it is, and I’ve put my name on it, so I like it.

I’ve gotten positive feedback so far – but maybe they’re only being nice?

Better stories to come, my friends, better stories to come. Harder, more thought provoking stories. I promise.

So, here we go 🙂

P.S. I forgot how awful it is to lug equipment around. I might just have to do a story on how bad it is for one’s health – especially when you’re as small as I am!

Five Things I Love About Reporting in Chicago

I took a walk with a friend the other night, from campus to Fullerton Beach, to North Avenue Beach, and back through residential Lincoln Park. During those times of comfortable silence, I could not help but look up at the beautiful architecture, listen to the quiet wind, and smile at the people passing by. I fell in love with Chicago all over again. That realization inspired this post. Continue reading

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. 🙂

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?