Week 9

August 13 – Today I arrived at the newsroom at 9am to help Mike produce for the day. I spent some time on VOD picking out stories for the rundown and then went to the 9:30am meeting. A bunch of story ideas we’re thrown out about the recent incident with DSP and the football team but nothing solid to go on.

I wrote a bunch of VOs and VOSOTs today. Here are some links to my work:

And here is a story I wrote that wasn’t put online about how Asprin may have health benefits to breast cancer patients:

AN EVERY DAY, OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG MAY HELP BREAST CANCER PATIENTS AVOID RELAPSE.
     A NEW STUDY FOUND THAT ASPRIN HELPS REDUCE INFLAMMATION IN TUMOR CELLS… AND PREVENTS THEM FROM GROWING AND SPREADING.
     A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 400 PATIENTS SHOWED ASPRIN USERS HAD A 52-PERCENT LOWER RATE OF RECURRENCE.
     THOSE WHO DID RELAPSE HAD A 28-MONTH DELAY BEFORE THE CANCER RETURNED.
     THIS WAS FOUND MOST EFFECTIVE IN OBESE AND OVERWEIGHT WOMEN WITH HORMONE-RELATED FORMS OF BREAST CANCER.

I then wrote some bumps and web scripts, logged some interviews, and headed out at around 3pm for work at my other job.

August 14 – Today I had the whole day to spend at KSBY so I was anxious to work on a story with Connie, and see it from start to finish. I got to the newsroom around 9am and asked Connie if she knew what she was doing. Today we were tackling the DSP story. For those of you who don’t know, here is a little background. A group of 5 football players broke into the DSP fraternity main house a few days ago. They held the students at gun point. The rest of the story you can see by clicking on the link below and watching the package!

Once we had our story assignment, Connie and I started making some calls. Since there were speculations that the prescription drug, Xanax, was involved, we were doing the story from that angle and looking for students to ask about what they know about the drug and the recent increase in it’s recreational abuse. We headed to DSP just to see if any of the members had anything else to add or update us on the case’s development. They didn’t, but they did express their frustration with the fact that this is being turned into a drug scandal, when they are the victims. I thought that was understandable. But Connie and I stuck to our story and headed to campus to find students to talk to. The first couple students we asked about Xanax didn’t seem to have any clue what it was or why people would take it at a party. Finally we found a girl who knew some people who had experimented with Xanax and we got a good interview out of her. Then we headed over to the Sierra Vista Hospital and interviewed a doctor about the effects and dangers of mixing this drug with alcohol. Then we headed back to KSBY and I logged all the interviews.

After a quick lunch, Connie wrote out her story and got it approved by Katherine, the Executive Producer. Then we headed back into the bay and I got to watch her track her story, pull quotes, cut and layer the B-roll and put the rest of the story together. A lot of it was familiar to me since I have taken Jour 353 before, a class at Cal Poly in which the students are reporters and we put on a news cast every week. But she used a different program and was a lot faster than I ever was. I could see she was using tricks and tools I had learned in different classes, such as “say dog, see dog,” which means the video layered over the interview or voice-over matches what is being said. After we finished I even went with Connie to her Live Shot at the Cal Poly campus. I held the reflector that shines the light on her face so she wouldn’t be shaded even at the strange angle we had to shoot from so you could see Cal Poly in the background. We also had to do it in the Grand Parking Structure because with the tools KSBY has, there are only certain places you can go live from. They are looking into getting new, better equipment. It was really cool to see the story from start to finish; from the concept to the live package. To see the full story, click on this link: http://www.ksby.com/news/investigation-into-alleged-cal-poly-football-player-involved-robbery-continues/

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