Think! Think! Think! Who do I want to interview next? That is the question. Hmm. I am brainstorming story ideas for my next two projects. I will be working with the lovely and talented Ms. Anna Rader on a Soundslides project. We intend to come up with something brilliant! Then we shall collect audio interviews and ambient noise, in addition to doing our own photography, editing and compiling it all into our first soundslide! We will be applying our journalistic skills to the worlds of Flickr, SoundCloud, Audacity and WordPress. This group project’s goal is to juggle all of the different elements necessary for this type of multimedia journalism. We will be working alone on our next and final project in our Online Journalism class. Here are some possible ideas for both projects:
I would like to write a news feature story about the local radio station, KOWB. I recently assisted Kari Eakins and Tom Parnell at the Albany County Courthouse for live election coverage, and I now have a new respect for radio. I would like to focus on the experiences from the college classroom to the professional workforce; along with the pros and cons of working for a small local station. I think this story is important because University of Wyoming Communication & Journalism students may need help choosing an emphasis and a little local feedback can go a long way. I personally find it exhilarating when I meet a fabulous and fresh-faced career woman who has recently graduated and is making it in the real world. A few possible sources that I could interview would be news reporter Kari Aiken, KOWB station manager David Settle, my Broadcast Journalism teacher Jake Anfinson and perhaps a student or two.
I would also like to write about the University of Wyoming’s Bim Kendall House. It is the new home for the ENR Program, which includes the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Wyoming Conservation Corps. It is one of the first UW facilities to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by meeting guidelines set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council. I think a lot of Wyomingites would be happy to hear about this and what exactly it entails to “go green.” I believe it is the first one in the region. A few possible sources for this story would be an ENR program director, professor or grad student who works in the building and can provide further information & feedback. Also, I could contact someone from one of the “green planning” foundations that donated funds for this remodel.
Another idea that I am toying with is covering the University of Wyoming’s College of Law program, specifically their Mock Trials. I know a few people in the program and they seem to enjoy it. They have someone dress up as the bailiff, who knocks some heads together and maintains order. It sounds like a fun group of people who also hold functions and give back to the local community. This piece could be a light, fluffy side to the seriousness and intensity involved in the law. I think a lot of people forget that UW has a law program. I have yet to see the Law Library, but look forward to checking it out soon to do research for another class. I would like to interview a law professor, in addition to William Elliott, a friend who teaches an Appellate Advocacy course on campus and who works as a clerk for a local judge in the Second Judicial County Courthouse. Other possible sources would be students or local attorneys.
I’m still contemplating story ideas and may tweak these a bit, so any suggestions or ideas are always welcome. I can’t wait to hear what Anna’s thinking and we hope to choose a direction on Friday. Wish us luck! 🙂