As a journalism student, today I had to turn in my first story for my reporting class. For those of you who are unaware, my reporting class is not just a class, we actually produce a news show. Thankfully our first story got to be for practice and so it wasn’t aired today. Although I must say, I’m pretty proud of how my story turned out.
This particular adventure really starts on Wednesday at 12:45 at the story meeting.
CUE: Wednesday, classroom, 12:45, me prepared with two stories to pitch.
CUE PROF CURTIS: Who has to run to a 1 o’clock class?
CUE: My hand raising
CUE PROF CURTIS: Alright Jocelyn, Let’s start with you.
CUE: Dry mouth, sweaty palms, butterflies fluttering around knots in stomach…
Story 1: TSA has released new guidelines for children so that they won’t have to take off their shoes and they won’t get patted down as often.
CUE PROF CURTIS: Yeah TSA isn’t going to talk to you.
Story 2: A new study just came out that said that certain shows are bad for a child’s brain so I…
CUE PROF CURTIS: I like Spongebob. Alright who’s next?
(Just to clarify, the study was based on kids reactions after watching SpongeBob, my teacher doesn’t have tourettes or anything.)
And that was that.
CUE: Sitting down in my 1 o’clock Russian class to take my first 200 level Russian exam
CUE: Me unable to hold back tears (of nervousness?? Frustration??)
CUE: Me determining that college and a degree is useless and I should drop out….Until
CUE CHRIS WORDS OF WISDOM: Babe, all you have to do is make it through today, then we can look at our options.
And from that I was off to get my interviews and B Roll for my story.
My first stop was Dr. Clyde Robinson’s office. Dr. Robinson is a professor of child development and was kind enough to not only interview with me, but he made a powerpoint just for me to explain the specific effects of fast paced cartoons on a child’s brain.