Video Pitches

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.

4 Responses to “Video Pitches”

  1. Mark Dellelo says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Your third topic sounds as though it has the best potential for video, especially if there are some events that you could shoot, in order to show how your interview subjects engage with the Brandeis community. What sort of events did you have in mind?

    I think you might have a hard time finding good B-roll if you were to pursue the other two topics. As for your first topic, though you’re bound to get some good interviews, it’s hard for me to advise you about ideas for B-roll. And as for your second topic, architecture is better documented through stills, since it doesn’t move. Either of these ideas might be a better topic for your final multimedia project.

    • Kevin Rothstein says:

      Ryan,
      Adding to what Mark said, you need to think through the broll for any of these stories. I think you could make any of them work depending on how you approach it.
      For example, if you’re doing the second story idea about the Castle, to Mark’s point about architecture and stills, you really can’t shoot the building over and over again, you would have to show people interacting, so to speak, with the building. It would require some extra work and creativity.

      Your first story idea about presidential election is not a bad one but tough to visualize. What else besides interviews will you have? It’s a good idea and would work well as a shorter piece, but since this is a bit more in-depth you need some more storytelling elements. For example, if you can find someone who is politically active and follow him or her around as they do whatever they do. But it won’t work if you just sit a bunch of people down in front of the camera and have them talk.

      The third story idea is also good — but as I mentioned above, the story can’t be just sitting people down and having them talk. You need to follow them around and SHOW people what the job is like, not tell them about it. And lastly on that idea, you say that these people don’t get the recognition they deserve — it sounds like you want to tell people what a great job these advisors do and how hard working they are — that is NOT your job as a journalist and it’s a disservice to your viewers. You can’t go into that story looking to show them as being good or bad at anything. They just do what they do, and you tell that story. Because let’s face it — it’s by no means criticizing or minimizing the advisors’ job to say that, in the big scheme of life, their job is not exactly saving lives, so don’t make it out to be something it isn’t.

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