September 25, 2005

Story Pitch

I was a little concerned with this part of the course about giving story pitches, not for the sake of the pitches, but for the topic it's on: Homecoming. Personally, I could give a rat's booty about Homecoming because I feel that it is a highschool based tradition that just flutters its way into a campus. I think that people need to get past the Homecoming process. Sorry kids, but this kind of stuff happens when we're still kids. We're BIG PEOPLE NOW!!! :0! Maybe I'm being really sarcastic, but I honestly wish that we had our own topics to do story pitches on, possibly even expanding out into Greensburg. That just seems more logical. I know that we're not going to like all of the assignments we're given, but for some reason, this just bothers me more and more.

If ya feel the same way, then HOLLA! If you don't, your comments will still be greatly appreciated.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at September 25, 2005 10:05 PM

I agree Jay! I find it really difficult to manage my busy schedule because I am either in class or working. When we are required to attend a campus activity, I have a hard time making it to any of the suggested gatherings. The Homecoming story pitch was difficult for me because there is only one event that I am able to attend. Being able to go out and report on events happening in the community might be easier for me to attend. Also, being a commuter, it is hard to be on campus for certain activities when I don't have a class that day.

Posted by: Ashlee Lupchinsky at September 27, 2005 12:14 PM

Good point Ashley. I wasn't even thinking about the overall concept of going to outside events. I was mainly focusing on the concept of Homecoming in general. Why it seems to be pointless, and asking why do we celebrate it? I never actually took the time to focus on how difficult the assignment is actually going to be. I could only imagine it to be harder for you, so believe me, you have my sympathies.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at September 27, 2005 12:36 PM

Woah, folks, one thing at a time! ;)

It's great to know that you're already eager (note, not "anxious") to get out there and cover the community, but it's the editor's job to pick the journalist's assignments -- a journalist doesn't always get his or her first (or second, or tenth) choice.

Don't worry, the feature article that's due in December is much more open-ended -- it sounds like exactly the kind of thing you are itching to do now.

We're a month away from the pitches for that article. Just think of how much more command you'll have over the basic journalism skills if we wait another month before we tackle that one.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 27, 2005 12:38 PM

We have to remember that we're all just learning. I'd much rather have someone tell me what to cover, rather than figure it all out for myself. Granted, it's sometimes difficult to fit an assignment into my schedule, but I'm not quite brave enough to search out my own stories.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 27, 2005 01:52 PM

I also had a kind of rough start with coming up with ideas for the story pitches. But then i thought, well there is not just activities on campus, but off campus, as well as not just the football game. After while I kind of got the hang of trying to convince the "editor", or our professor to maybe use my story idea. But i know how you felt.

Posted by: Denamarie at September 27, 2005 06:03 PM
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