Getting the Full Story

Posted on Apr 20, 2012

This week I covered a Senate hearing where they discussed the disciplinary policy for the Missouri National Guard. It was a difficult process because first, the testimony was very broad. It ranged from people talking about their experiences working under an alleged neo-Nazi, to someone who had been accused of misconduct himself.  So narrowing the focus of my story was a bit of a challenge. It was also tough because some of the people I talked with couldn’t give much detail in their answers. They were employees of the state so they couldn’t comment in too much detail.  For that...

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J2150 Assignment: Using Flash Video

Posted on Apr 17, 2012

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Mo. House Debates Omnibus Bill

Posted on Apr 11, 2012

This is a J2150 mobile reporting assignment. JEFFERSON CITY – The Mo. House of Representatives debated a bill that would extend the current $4 surcharge for any criminal case. If passed, it would then include a person who has pled guilty and paid his or her fine. However, the legislature also proposed several amendments to this “omnibus” bill that ranged from concealing the addresses of judges and law enforcement officers to allowing the use of data recovery software when investigating cyber crimes. The majority of House proceedings consisted of discussion on the bill,...

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Crunch Time

Posted on Mar 16, 2012

This week I was working on my feature story for my reporting class at the state Capitol. I’m reporting on the funding issue for Missouri veterans’ homes and cemeteries.  I drove up to Jacksonville to talk with the director of the cemetery there, and he was a very interesting person to talk with.  In fact, time went by so quickly that it got much later than I had anticipated. For that reason, I wasn’t able to interview my source in Mexico at the veterans’ home, so I will have to go back next week to do so.  Through this, I learned how important it is to budget and...

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So Much Work!

Posted on Mar 9, 2012

It’s crunch time. Spring break is coming up in a few weeks, and now it’s dawned on me that the semester really is coming to a close in a few months. I can’t say I’m ready for it, but I can say I’ve learned tremendous amounts from what I’ve been doing. Through my work in J2150, for example, I’ve learned to be resourceful. It’s not easy working in a media-saturated town like Columbia. But it’s definitely gotten easier for me as the months have flown by. I know it’ll help me in the future as well. I’ve also learned to...

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Getting Good Audio

Posted on Mar 2, 2012

This week I was working at the state Capitol when I ran into a bit of a problem. I went to a press conference that didn’t have any mic plugs for reporters.  At first I didn’t really know what to do, since all of the hearing rooms in the statehouse typically have these, but eventually I ended up just standing in the front of the room with my microphone pretty close to the person speaking (a Planned Parenthood representative). I thought I was getting some pretty decent audio until my news director, Phill Brooks, walked in.  I could see him from across the room and he started...

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