Posts Tagged ‘State Capitol’

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

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World-Wide Web of Journalism

April 2, 2009

What an amazing week I’ve had! 

For starters, my stories down at the State Capitol were brilliant.  Not to sound arrogant, but I am excited I was able to cover “breaking news” on Tuesday.  Various reports from the AP and Kansas City Star (who broke the story) said there were FBI investigations going on in Jeff’s Capitol. 

My first reaction was, “what!?”  The only source the legislators had was the article.  Then later Tuesday AP broke a report that Rep. LeVota’s name was being brought into FBI investigator’s questions.

Representative LeVota of Independence, MO

Photo courtesy levota.com

Shortly after the report, the Democrats held an emergency caucus.  I was there to cover it, waiting outside the doors until it adjourned.

To read my radio story, click here.

To read the KC Star’s story, click here.

As far as what will be my last package (I am determined to make it so good it will be), I will be doing a second-round of interviews this coming Sunday.  My story is on a group of college guys who started their own fraternity on Mizzou’s campus.   It’s not every day that you see this and I thought it would be a great story.  I went over my first script with Greeley before Spring Break and hope that my new corrections will make it an even more exciting story than before.

As far as the news goes, I have been appalled by the number of reported plane crashes lately.  The one that caught my eye today, however, was a story by USA Today.  They said the Montana plane crash that killed 14 people could have been prevented.  The pilot apparently called back to traffic controllers twice to divert from the planned route.

Now my question is, why wasn’t he allowed to?  To read the story, click here.

Until next week,

Christine Slusser

I can't wait to play in the sprinklers, too!  It's spring time!

Intrigued?  Check out my other blog, here.

“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,
Christine
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 projectgaia.org
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.