Posts Tagged ‘KOMU’

Life…or something like it.

September 15, 2010

Hello all!

I am absolutely horrid about updating my blog unless it’s required for class. Since my Capstone ended this summer, I haven’t posted… yikes!

Where to start?

This j-kid, one-class away from being a Mizzou grad is having a kid of her own! Yup. Her name will be Lily Persephone. Here’s a pic…

Her fists are bunched up like a little boxer.  I, for one, think she will be most excellent at video games because she has learned this one-two-kick-punch combo. It’s punch-punch-kick! Almost simultaneously. My stomach looks like a little alien is trying to break out when it happens.

Look out Mortal Kombat world, Lily is gonna kick some behind. Xiayou style.


I am still working at KOMU, but as a web editor. I’m in charge of KOMU’s Twitter page, webpage and online alerts. I also answer the phone… which should be a job of its own somedays. I should also start writing down what some callers have to say…

Mid-Missourians can be crazy. That’s all I will say for now — and as a mid-Missourian myself, I think I can say that.

Well, until next update!


What Lovely Weather…

June 8, 2010

Today I am working my web shift for my Capstone. The weather is … well, look for yourself.

I took this right outside KOMU. I’ve actually learned something about people and the weather today, though. Our website views were around 200…a streak of lightning followed by its booming thunder streaked across the sky. The number on our site rose to over 1,000. Whoa. People. Care. About. The. Weather.

Thanks to for this one.

In other news, I went to Chicago this weekend – woo-hoo! It was my good friend Emily’s 21, so Andrew and I drove the 9-hour trek to make sure she had fun! Here’s a picture of the windy city itself, taken at Navy Pier.

The Windy CityInterestingly enough, my Irish-bred and Chicago-raised friend told me it isn’t called “The Windy City” because of actual wind, but because of all the hot air the politicians blow out over the city.

An article from the Huffington Post agrees, but also says the claim is controversial. Read it, here.

So, of course, I found the USA Today article mentioned in the Huffington Post… it claims the reason it’s called The Windy City is unknown. It says the windiest city in the nation is actually in Kansas.

Speaking of older movies, let’s go back even further and talk about my obsession with Mary Pickford… I usually put a picture of her after every post, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained why.

Let’s do that, shall we?

I won’t start with the boring facts, let’s get right into the nitty-gritty of why she’s important to the film industry even today. You know those little things called ‘camera angles’? Well, she helped bring them to modern cinema.

Audiences of the silent films thought they weren’t getting their entire money’s worth if they didn’t see the actor from head to toe. Pickford helped changed that and often incorporated different angles in her films.

She also created United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin. She was the highest paid actress of her time and also won an Academy Award the first year it was given for a talking film.

She was the first superstar, the first to feel the fall from movie fame and the woman who, as titled in a 1997 biography, made Hollywood.

To check out the book, click here. Pickford also wrote an auto-bio called Sunshine and Shadow, which I’ve had the delight to read. Click here for that one.

For more info on Pickford, check it out, here.

See you next week!



Capstone Craziness

May 20, 2010

Hello, World! I know it has been too long when I forgot my username. Who does that? This kid!

So now that I have that part of my life back on track , let me tell you about my Capstone Craziness…capitalization intended.

Ms. Jen Reeves is the instructor. Let me introduce you.

Jen. Audience. Audience, this is Jen. Doesn’t that picture make her look so professional? It’s amazing what you can find when you Google Image someone’s name these days. Thanks, Google!

Anyway, it’s back to the basics of B2 for this class…at least when it comes to blogging. Once a week. Yipee! So watch out, world! You have to listen to me randomly ramble once more.

So, for this capstone class, I am building a professional website. I am mostly finished, I just need to add my print/video resume. You should check it out, here!

While on-duty for class, I am also in charge of web content and its Twitter page! You can follow KOMU, here.

That’s a lot of info all at once, so lets take a break and take a gander at a funny picture, shall we?

Now, I’m not exactly sure where in the world this had to be posted…but apparently the ladies were just plum tired of guys whizzing on their seats, or leaving them up! I’ve met some women who would kill a man for leaving up a toilet seat…I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I guess I could be wrong?

Well, have a good night, folks! I am tuckered out from my web shift and other duties of the day. I now must attempt to stay awake…I am designated driver for the night. Woop!


Now, if only I were this awake.

Adventures in the Snow…

December 9, 2009

I was singing “let it snow, let it snow, let is snooow!”

Until I was in it. Yes, submerged in the snow in Moberly, Missouri for a live shot. Just how cold was it, you might ask? Well… cold enough to freeze the live truck. So cold, in fact, the live truck is still sitting in Moberly because we could not get the mast down. Here’s how it went down:

1. Missed call around 12:30 a.m.

2. Answered call at 2:38 a.m.

3. Was informed I was going to do a live shot in Moberly.

4. Got up, got dressed, got ready…

5. Drove to Moberly.

6. Proceeded to freeze.

7. Set up live shot equipment with the truck operator, Josh.

8. Couldn’t feel my fingers.

9. Did a live shot around 5 a.m.

10. Lips went numb so I couldn’t say my last name correctly on the air.

11. Lost feeling in my toes.

12. Got reprimanded by salt truck men because we parked in an inconvenient spot for them.

13. Cleaned up all live truck equipment.

14. Re-set up live truck equipment. We realized the live truck mast wouldn’t go back down so we couldn’t move like the MoDOT men asked.

15. Lost the feeling in my face.

16. Tried unsuccessfully two more times to do a live shot, but the frigid temperatures prevented us from having a good audio connection with the station.

17. Died.

18. Was revived.

19. Received class credit.


To watch the chaos, click here. I am the second half – the one about to be blown away.

Have a frosty day – drive carefully!

Ai Shiteru…

April 30, 2009
My picture for one of my KOMU stories

My picture for one of my KOMU stories

Did you like my little confession to the profession of journalism up there?  My worries from last week are gone!  This is exciting because I feel like I am back on track to becoming the journalist I would like myself to be.  Last week I was slightly distraught because I had trouble with my first assignment at KOMU.  Since then I have done three more and am able to use the software with much more ease.  Another exciting thing?  News at the state Capitol last night!

I usually work in Jefferson City Mondays and Tuesdays, but I swapped this week so I could do a package for KOMU.  I went in to the Capitol on Wednesday this week and guess what happened?  I finished with my radio stories for the day (they were on a bill about motorcycles high and low beams, read them here) when the Governor announced he was holding a 6 p.m. meeting about the swine flu.  My editor, Phill Brooks, immediately climbed into his excited shoes and began ranting about how the first case of swine flu must be in Missouri.  Some of my co-workers were  a bit skeptical, but it turns out Phill was right!  Instead of going home, I began to Twitter, Facebook and blog about the night’s events for the next two hours!  Two of our reporter’s went to the Gov’s meeting and were updating us as the words were spilling from Nixon’s mouth.  What an exciting use of technology to get the word out to people right as it was happening!

At KOMU this and part of last week, I’ve done two more stories.  One was on a presentation about the forgotten Ioway tribe which once reigned Missouri and the other was on a growing and disturbing new 21st century addiction:  internet addiction.  Read and watch my story about the Ioway here and read/watch my story about internet addiction, here.

I am still sick, but it is now confined to just my nasty cough. I finished my strep medicine yesterday morning, but I think it may be something else since I am not 100% yet. I missed my Broadcast 2 class this morning (sorry Greeley!) to rest and hopefully feel good enough to go to class by 1 today. Speaking of, I better get on the move since it is about 12:12 now.

Until next week,
Christine Slusser

It’s A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood…

April 23, 2009

It really feels like spring today!  Other than my sniffles, I am enjoying the weather!  I have my second VO Patrol shift tonight from 6-11 at the station.  To be honest, my first experience scared me.  I did not like it and this is a major concern since this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I just did not know how to use the software.  I turned in my final story at 9:56 (it was due at 10) and the stress actually gave me a headache.  I hope my second one goes better and that I can use the software with at least a tiny bit more ease. Click here to read the online version of my first story. If you look to the right of it, you can also watch the video that was aired on the 10 p.m. news.

Unfortunately for me, allergy season is here.  What is even more unfortunate is the fact that I have strep throat on top of that and the flu.  Ouch.


In other news, I am a youth group/Sunday school teacher for Wilkes Boulevard UMC. They were featured in the Columbia Missourian for their trip out to Heifer Ranch. Read it, here.
Here is the picture featured in the article:
Courtesy of the Columbia Missourian

Other major news? Most of the computers in the broadcast lab are not working. I just have a feeling that today will not be my cup of tea. My electricity got shut off (ouch), I have tried about 20 computers and none of them are working, and the one I find that does work does not have a working printer. Grr. I suppose it could be worse…


I could look like this…

Have a great day for me,

I feel like my head is a little detached from my body today, too.  Courtesy

The Break of Spring.

March 25, 2009


Yay!  Tune in to KOMU around 7:45 a.m.

Now onto the blog…

This week was supposed to be my spring break from Mizzou (note the word “supposed”). Since break, I have worked at KOMU for most of it. I pulled a Sunday night shift, an all-day Monday shift (7:15 a.m. – 11 p.m.), took an iNews Avid edit test Tuesday (which I passed – yay) and then worked today as well. I am not complaining, mind you, but I just keep myself awfully busy even when it is supposed to be a break.

I think one great thing is the new Pepper & Friends set. Until the official digital switch-over, we are in a shed. A soybean shed…with a barn cat even!  To see him, click here to watch the open of Pepper and Friends.  Paul introduces him toward the middle.

Other than work, however, I have been able to start reading a book (for FUN even)! It is called So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore? It is fascinating. I first started reading it to see if I could use it as a mini-book club for my youth group kids at Wilkes Blvd. I think it may be a little over their heads, but even though that won’t work out for them, it has been a great and inspiring read for me!

The excerpt gives is,

“What would you do if you met someone you thought just might be one of Jesus original disciples still living in the 21st Century? That’s Jake’s dilemma as he meets a man who talks of Jesus as if he had known him, and whose way of living challenges everything Jake had previously known. So You Don t Want to Go To Church Anymore is Jake s compelling journal that chronicles thirteen conversations with his newfound friend over a four-year period and how those exchanges turn Jake’s world upside-down. With his help, Jake faces his darkest fears, struggles through brutal circumstances and comes out on the other side in the joy and freedom he always dreamed was possible. If you’re tired of just going through the motions of Christianity and want to mine the depths of what it really means to live deeply in Christ, you ll find Jake s story will give you hope for your own. This book probes the difficult questions and offers some far-reaching answers. It just might turn your world upside-down as well!”



I haven’t worked on any projects for school so far this week, but I plan to Friday. I should probably jump on my Meteorology reading as well. Want to hear an interesting meteorological factoid? If you compare a night with clear skies to a night with cloudy skies, the night with clouds will always be warmer. This is because the clouds act like “blankets” to the earth and send the heat that is trying to rise and escape back down to the ground.

Nifty, huh?

If I made an educated guess, I would say these are altocumulus clouds. Courtesy of

Since I don’t have much in the way of “journalistic reflection” this week, I am going to rant about something. If you’ve been reading this blog or even slightly glancing over it, you will notice there are pictures of Ms. Mary Pickford after about every post. I try to tie the picture in with something interesting or something I have talked about during the blog, but this week I am going to point out what I would call an idiotic comparison. I discovered this almost a year ago and it still makes my blood slightly simmer.

Someone (from a prestigious newspaper no less) had the audacity to compare Mary Pickford to Paris Hilton.


This is the picture posted on the blog.


 Courtesy AP and Milestone Films.
Here is the blog site link. Read it if you dare. 

Until next week,

Christine Slusser

After this blog, I would look upset too Mary.

“Journalism is in fact history on the run.” – Thomas Griffith

March 18, 2009

My life has been crazy this past week. I have been working my two jobs (KOMU and Missouri Digital News), running the youth group/Sunday School, working on projects and taking tons of tests. Whew. I can’t wait for the weekend!

The legislation at the State Capitol is on their “recess”, or rather, their spring break. That made things down in Jefferson City less hectic. I felt like I was working the middle of a ghost town, I have never witnessed the usually bustling halls so void of life. If I were there alone, I am sure I would have scared myself into thinking there were ghosts of Senators-passed. While we were not pre-occupied with legislation and law, we journalists worked diligently on our feature stories. My fellow reporter, Emily Coleman, and myself are working on a bill sponsored by Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer.
Empty Capitol...
(photo by Devon Neff)

Missouri is one of only six states that does not require a business to notify its consumer if their identity has been stolen. In essence, someone could come along and snatch your bank account and you would be none-the-wiser. The bank technically does not have to tell you. After two days of hunting, we found someone in Columbia who had her social security number stolen. We are interviewing her this week so we can share her experience on the radio for the public to hear.

In the television news world, I have had the worst luck tracking down a story. I had two last-minute turn-downs and had to resort to my “Plan C” (thank you, Greeley, for teaching us the importance of multiple back-up plans). My story is on a group of college students who started their own fraternity at The University of Missouri (affectionately dubbed “Mizzou”). I am working on compiling that package together as I type. I hope for it to be my best!
Photo from Flickr

As for news around the world…
Minor head injures may not be so minor. Read it here.
The earliest dinosaurs…fuzzy? Read it here.
Want to know what a woebegone is?

The thing I am going to rant about today, however, is the college students who find it necessary to whine about everything. If you are anywhere near a college campus, I have a little challenge/project for you. Go to the campus (scary, I know), and just sit. Sit and listen. You will hear girls complaining about their hair, students complaining about the low marks on their tests and guys whining they are hung over (actually, and gender may complain about all three of these).

I think we could all use a little tough love. Get a low mark on your test? Talk to your teacher, ask them how you can improve and study harder. Don’t sit there and complain to your friends about it and then wonder why your scores never improve. This is all spurred from a New York Times article discussing just this. Read it here. A blogger wrote a response to this and I agree with him. Read his opinion here.

Well, I suppose complaining about complaining doesn’t do me much good now, does it?
I think I will put my woebegone old self back to work.

Until next week,
It's almost spring!  Soon we can all put the flowers in our hair.

Living, Eating, Breathing Journalism

February 12, 2009

Let me tell you, my week has been crazy. It has been both a journalistic Hell and Haven. It is Hell because I, literally, hardly find time to eat. It is a haven because this is what I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way. On Mondays and Tuesdays I work at Missouri’s State Capitol and write/produce radio stories. Check them out here. Wednesdays and Fridays I work at KOMU, running cameras for Pepper & Friends. In-between jobs, I have classes, tests, and projects (every week) for my Broadcast 2 class.

Speaking of the class, want to see the opening picture for the website? Here it is:

Greeley's Style
Yes, that is my professor of journalistic wisdom. For class this week we had to produce packages. These little buggers are what someone would see on the news that includes video with the reporter talking over it. There are few pauses for other interviewees to talk and then it is also common to see the reporter himself on-screen talking about something related to the story. If I figure out how to post them online, I will be sure to link it up.

This week has been a learning experience for me! Another requirement of the class is to complete four shadow shifts at the TV station. I went to one last night around 7:30 p.m. It was the live truck shift and it was crazy! I had no idea that those little tidbits you see on air that say “Reporting Live from…” take so much effort! We have to go to the location, find the perfect spot, set up the equipment (no small task, mind you) and do it all in the cold. Brrrr. I couldn’t feel my hands for a good hour or so afterwards. Check out the KOMU truck here.

When we were scoping out the scene, we stumbled upon a rock “house”. If it weren’t 9 p.m. and dark, it may not have been so scary (but I doubt it). There we were, right outside Mizzou’s Boone County Extension Center, looking at a creepy rock house. I have no idea why it is there, we investigated and nothing was in there except leaves and dirt. An awkward compost pile maybe? I finally found an equivalent on the web, here is an example of what it looked like:

image from
Back onto the topic of journalism, though. I just went through some stories on CNN and came up with a great idea! The economy is down, most know that, and I have seen various features on what people are doing to cope. What about from a magician’s point of view? I don’t know about you, but I think this would be a really neat story! Check out CNN’s version, here.

Well, unfortunately, I have to go back into the real world now. See you next week!

P.S. the lovely lady from the first post is Mary Pickford.
To listen to a lovely song about her, click here.