by Christopher J. Spurlock
A Leap of Faith into the Terrifying World of Real News
So, this week marked the beginning of my shifts at the various news outlets run by the j-school. My first reporting shift was scheduled to be at KBIA radio, Columbia’s local NPR affiliate. To be completely honest, I was extremely nervous when I headed to my first shift. Even though I had been trained to use all of the equipment I needed, I was still worried I wouldn’t be able to handle the challenges I would face at the station.
At my first story pitch meeting I pitched a story about Ricky Kreklow, a basketball player at Columbia’s Rock Bridge High School who is headed to Mizzou in the fall. I did some preliminary research on Kreklow and made a few phone calls, and was granted access to cover Rock Bridge’s game against Jefferson City and interview Kreklow and his father after the game. I took a Marantz and my new Nikon D70 and headed to Jefferson City. I was there for a long time, but I got some great interviews and natural sound.
I then spent yesterday and today editing the audio down, and I think I wound up with a decent story. It’s posted below. Give it a listen and tell me what you think!
We also got feedback on our first team story this week. We received a decent grade on the story, but more importantly we learned a lot from our mistakes. Below is the video package we put together.
Oh, I shot some photos, too! Here they are: