Archive for January, 2016

Story Idea/Pitch

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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

Introductory Post

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

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.