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Orti- final story pitch

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Name: Camila Orti

Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Twitter/follow-up text story

__X___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

___XX__ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph): Lincolnites are familiar with the Occupy Lincoln movement that stemmed from its New York parent- Occupy Wall Street. What people might not realize is that the Lincoln protests started with one woman’s Facebook page. My final story will use video as the main component, with the “unofficial founder” of Occupy Lincoln, Mary Ann Shiech, as the focus. She will tell the story of how she sparked the local movement, and how it has progressed. An accompanying text story will broaden the angle of the story, give more background about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and how it has exploded across the nation to places like Omaha and Lincoln.

 

Explain why this story is best told using this format. Any kind of protest makes for great video; there is a lot going on visually and plenty of natural sound. Video would also be the best way to capture the protestors’ passion with both b-roll shots of the chanting, and interview footage. A sidebar text story would be an effective way to bring in outside information, and put the more focused video component in perspective.

 

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific. I plan on showing plenty of footage from the march that is rich with natural sound- people chanting, signs, close-ups of the drummers banging on their buckets, etc. Other shots could include Occupiers inside their tents, eating meals together, and medium shots of interesting elements within the campsite, like the “library tent” or bins of donated clothes. The other kinds of shots I need will be taken at Shiech’s house, and would include a wide shot of her house, close-ups of her typing on her computer, etc. I could also throw in a photo from the New York protests within the body of the text portion.

 

List the names and titles of the sources (both those you have talked with already and those you plan to talk to) and describe what role they will play in the story. I have spoken with two protestors participating in the march last weekend, as well as Justin Tolston, a UNL student that is highly involved with the movement. These interviews provide general information about Occupy Lincoln, and personal reasons for participating in the movement. My main interview will be with Mary Ann Shiech, who has been called the “unofficial founder” of Occupy Lincoln. Shiech will tell the story of how she started the movement from her home via Facebook, and how it has grown since.

 

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Orti – Live tweet pitch

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Name: Camila Orti

Your story format for this assignment:

___X__ Twitter/follow-up text story

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph): The Husker soccer team has two home games left in the 2011 season, the first of which is against Iowa today at 4 p.m. Nebraska has never lost to the Hawkeyes, and a win today would improve the Huskers’ all-time record to 4-0-0. Increasing the stakes of this game is the possibility for Nebraska to secure a bid to the conference tournament. The team, currently ranked 10th, needs to climb to at least 7th place by the end of season to have a guaranteed spot. The Hawkeyes are coming into today’s game as No. 6 in the conference, so this match will be a nail-biter. 

Explain why this story is best told using this format. Tweets are a great, quick way to keep an audience updated on sports action as it’s happening. Soccer games definitely have their high-intensity moments, but aren’t as fast-paced and high-scoring as other sporting events might be, so live-tweeting will be fairly simple and effective. The follow-up story will provide reactions and reflections from players, fans, and hopefully one of the coaches.

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific. Since I dropped my smartphone in the toilet, I will check one out from Andersen and use it to take photos of the game action and fans. These will be uploaded to Twitter. 

List the names and titles of the sources (both those you have talked with already and those you plan to talk to) and describe what role they will play in the story. The players usually stick around after the games, so I hope to interview Morgan Marlborough- the team’s leading goal-scorer, and goalkeeper Emma Stevens about how they think the team performed. Head Coach John Walker, or anyone on the coaching staff, would also provide insight on what worked and didn’t work for the Huskers. 

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Orti- video story pitch

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Name: Camila Orti
Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_xx__ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

____ Live tweet w/ follow-up

Your pitch (in one short paragraph): Homecoming week might not mean much to some University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, but it means hours of work for others. I’m talking about the fraternities and sororities that work around the clock this week to put together lawn displays in honor of Homecoming. Each work of art is created through a process called “pomping,” using bits of crumpled up paper. The teams are made up of three Greek houses, who compete against one another to win over the judges on Friday. I want to create a video package that goes behind the scenes of this operation. The goal is to not only show how the work is done, but also tell the story of this tradition and why it’s a source of pride for the Greeks, and other students, on campus.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.  There will be plenty of action and natural sound throughout the displays’ construction that will make for interesting video, like sawing, climbing up ladders, nailing parts together, painting, etc. I can also film Husker fans walking by the float on game day, and show their reactions.

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific.  I want close-up shots of the detail work going into the display- materials, tools, hands, and the concentrated facial expressions. I’ll include plenty of medium shots of students interacting, and of course show the progress being made on the display. On-camera interviews and shots of the interviewees working will provide the story with characters.

List the names and titles of the sources (both those you have talked with already and those you plan to talk to) and describe what role they will play in the story. 

I’ve already spoken with Shelby Jacobs, who is in the Delta Gamma sorority, and will be speaking with Erica Quechenberger, who is the homecoming coordinator for Delta Gamma. Jacobs has given me a basic understanding of the process and provided me with the following names to speak with. Quechenberger will provide me with more background information on the process, tradition and significance of building the lawn displays. Camille Fredrich, who is the homecoming coordinator for Alpha Chi Omega, would also be a good interview, and can provide me with names of people (particularly fraternity members) that participate in the “pomping.” I need to speak with fraternity brothers who are largely responsible for putting the lawn displays together, and will be spending several hours on the project.

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Orti- Text story pitch

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Name: Camila Orti
Your story format for this assignment:

__xx_ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

When we think “human trafficking,” we might not think Lincoln, Neb. But there is one group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students that are still fighting this very real issue, even in our city. They call themselves Slave Free Nebraska. This year, the organization invited artists to design benches that will be displayed around downtown Lincoln. Five painted bench designs, all intended to raise human trafficking awareness, were selected in May. This text story, with photos of the designs, will focus on the bench project, but also weave in information about Slave Free Nebraska and the issue itself.

I have talked with Sriyani Tidball, who is introducing me to Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery (NUSAMS) president Calli Cain, now a grad student at UNO, and very involved in Slave Free Nebraska. This interview would provide background information about the organization and the issue. I would also want to speak with a winning artist or two, whose names include Sara Leimbach, Ann Williams, Lindsey Weber, Amber Konz and Deb Bridges.

This story is best told with text and photos, because there is no huge visual aspect, but plenty of information. The benches still haven’t been installed, so this story is timely. In addition, there is an upcoming human trafficking conference that will take place at the Cornhusker Hotel on the 29th of this month.

Besides a couple photos of winning designs, I want to include a photo of the location where one of these benches will be placed.

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