Mid-year students at Brandeis have an experience very different from most other college students. Rather than start in August, they first go to college in December, halfway through the school year. They come to campus after clubs and sports have formed and friend groups have been solidified. So why does someone choose to become a mid-year? And what is the experience like? Current mid-year Brandon Stanaway was willing to discuss his own personal experience.
The Community Advisors are an important aspect of Brandeis community, who deal with many issues throughout the campus. What exactly it is that they do and why they do it is often something students don’t pay attention to. Now, a couple CAs have agreed to speak about what they do as part of their job and what motivates them to do so.
The Closing of the Usen Castle- The Usen Castle has become an iconic location here at Brandeis, and has been used for Sophomore housing. I could look at why exactly the castle is being closed, what led to the decision to close it, what the plan is in replacing the lost Sophomore housing, what can be expected to replace it, and what kind of timeline can be expected. I could talk to current or former students who have lived in the castle, along with administration involved in closing it, and those involved with deciding its future.
David Prouty High School Problems- My former high school back in my hometown of Spencer, MA has gone through a whole host of problems in the past year. A new Superintendent was brought in who proceeded to replace all of the district’s principals with her own people. She put two beloved teachers under investigation, which led to most other teachers dropping their stipend positions in fear of a witch hunt, and in protest. The high school has gone through two or three Vice-Principals this year alone, one having not even stepped foot in the building, while it’s had at least two Principals. The students launched a walk out back in November, yet the district hasn’t made much progress since. It could be hard willing to find teachers or administrators willing to talk about everything that has been going on; though it might be possible to find students and parents willing to talk about the conditions and the problems the school has been facing.
Walk for Hunger- Every year Project Bread hosts the Walk for Hunger in Boston, where they try to raise money to stop hunger. I could do a story about where the money raised goes to and why the people who participate in the walk do so. I could go to the walk and try to talk to walkers and people involved. One problem with this idea is that the walk is only one day; it might be hard to find people to talk to, and it’s not until early May.
1. With the Presidential election being a major news topic, and the Massachusetts primary having just taken place, my first idea is to do a story about all of the first time voters, since many on campus have likely never before voted in a Presidential race. It could focus on what it was like for them, whether it met expectations, what type of research into the candidates they did.
2. The Usen Castle, one of the dorms on campus, has been announced to be closing at the end of the Fall 2016 semester, because administration has deemed it dangerous. I could do a story about the building, what problems it has, what may happen to the building, what caused the decision to be made, and how people feel about its closing.
3. The Community advisors are important leaders in the campus community, who set up events for Brandeis students, offer guidance to their floor residents, and patrol the dorm buildings at night to make sure everyone is safe and not causing problems. They don’t often get recognition though, so I could do a story about what they actually do on campus, what it’s like, what made them become a CA, how they set up events.
Admittedly, I’ve had a hard time trying to come up with a story pitch, and haven’t locked one down yet for certain. So on that note, I’m going to post two potential story pitches for the moment.
One possibility is that I know somebody who is in Student Events this year. I could talk to her about what Student Events does, how she got involved with them, what events they have done already, what events they are planning, and why they do what they do. I could try to include pictures from around Brandeis and possibly from events going being held around the university.
A second possibility is trying to do a story about the recent ban of hoverboards. This would require me finding somebody who used a hoverboard prior to the university’s decision to ban them, and discuss with them the effects the ban has had on them, what the benefits are to hoverboards, what their thoughts are on the ban, what they are doing in response to the ban, and what other hoverboard users are considering. I would likely need to get photographs of hoverboards and maybe of the hoverboard user(s) to go along with the audio
Hello, I’m Ryan Bowen. I’m from Spencer, Massachusetts and I’m currently a first year student. I don’t even know what my interests in journalism are. I have no prior journalism experience, nor have I ever taken any previous classes on it. I was curious in learning more about what journalism is and what happens behind the scenes before it makes it to print or air, which is what led me to taking “Writing for Broadcast and the Internet.” Outside of a slight interest in learning more, I don’t know much about journalism and don’t really know where my interests lay or what I may want to do a story on.
An on-campus news item that intrigued me was the recent decision by Brandeis to ban the usage of both drones and hoverboards on campus. I originally saw the e-mails sent out about the policy changes during break, and have since read the article posted in The Hoot. I think it’s understandable as to why they need to halt on-campus usage of such devices, as they are both very new and could use regulations so as not to cause problems. The Hoverboards spontaneously combusting is also a major danger to people.
For an off-campus news story, the recent report of evidence supporting the existence of Planet 9, the potential ninth planet intrigues me. I’ve always had an interest in space and the planets, and find it even more interesting that the scientist predicting the existence of Planet 9 is the same one who first proposed and led the debate that change Pluto from being an actual planet to its new state as a dwarf planet.