In the past couple of months, I’ve published a long profile, a project consisting of several short profiles, a crime brief, a story about an MU student who died, and three public records posts.
But you wouldn’t know that, because I haven’t posted about them here.
I’ve been regularly posting about my experiences and feelings and life-lessons and growing pains, but I just checked, and the last time I posted something that published was almost two months ago. I promise, I’ve done quite a lot in the last two months.
So, because I’ve been neglecting that aspect of my blog, and because I really don’t want to do my homework, here’s a rundown of what I’ve done since the end of February.
The Faces of Change project
For the last couple of months, I worked on a project for the paper’s spring special section, which focused on how the city of Columbia has developed in recent years. During a brainstorming and story pitching session with my editor, we dreamed up the idea to compile short profiles of community members who had been affected by change and progress. The result was seven stories of people who had resisted, embraced or been swept away by change in recent years. The story ran in the Sunday paper as a three-page spread, plus the front-page center piece. It also ran online and in the e-book of the Missourian’s special section.
I wrote a longer story about an associate professor at a local college who received a Fulbright to Uruguay. This was the story I mentioned in my last post, the one that was pretty much ready to go with a few tweaks after the first draft.
Show Me the Records
Because I have a class during the advanced reporting GA shift time, I wrote several short pieces for the Missourian’s “Show Me the Records” section, which highlights different government records accessible by the public. They were fairly straightforward, but it was an interesting way to do some sleuthing through government websites and to recognize the importance of the public record.
I took on a couple of quick turn pieces by virtue of being in the newsroom at the right time without anything pressing enough to keep me from helping out with some breaking news coverage. I wrote a crime brief about an arrest in a sexual misconduct report, and I co-wrote an article about an MU student who died (which, to my credit, I did mention in an earlier post).
So, good people, lest you fear I’ve been lazy for the last couple of months, hopefully this post has laid that notion to rest. I promise that I’ll at least try to be more conscientious about posting my work in the future, which will definitely happen a few times before the end of the semester.