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Spot News Reporting: Reflection

Well, I can honestly say that I learned a lot from this Spot News asn. in which I went to the opening of the new dorm, De Chantal on Monday. Reporting from an actual event (on the spot) is something that is very new to me. I just recently wrote my first two articles for the Setonian and they were basically Sports Previews. I did interviewing and pieced the info together, but I didn't really feel like I was doing hands on reporting just because of the type of articles I was writing. I was just giving the public a look into the seasons of the two teams.

The spot news assignment allowed me to sample the cut throat world of on the spot reporting. I felt like everything was happening incredibly fast. In fact I believe I will be investing in a digital tape recorder very soon because the note taking is just too hard to do. As soon as I had one thing down on the paper another important statement was being made and I almost missed it. I am going to try and develop my own version of short hand as well.

I wasn't exactly sure how to approach the people that I wanted to interview and get quotes from. I found that you need to be confident and a little bit aggressive at times because there is always another reporter trying to get in front of you. In this case it was my classmates, but none the less the idea is the same. Overall I feel like my experience was a positive one.

Comments (4)

Great job on your articles for The Setonian, Leslie. I really enjoyed the one I read, so I'm sure the other is just as good.

Leslie:

Chris, thanks for the positive feedback. I can't stress how nervous I was to hand those articles in to the editors. You're a gem.

Leslie, you are a talented writer. You're evidence and your use of quotes are solid. I am glad that you wrote on this topic, because I feel new to the subject, and you really seem to know what you are doing. So if you don't mind, I'm going to compare my paper off of yours. Thanks

Leslie:

Jay, feel free to use this paper as an example in your own blogging.

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