Part of the curriculum in the Convergence sequence includes producing work for different outlets. I chose to work for KBIA, the local NPR affiliate, as an associate producer for one of their shows, as well as doing some in-class producing for one of the entry-level sections.
KBIA's views of the news
As an associate producer for Views of the News, I got to be involved in each of the different steps of production, from pre- to post-. At the beginning of the week I would help compile potential show topics, then midweek I would create on-screen graphics, and then would help push the show on social channels as soon as it was live. Another key component of my job was creating consistent social content each week for Facebook and Twitter.
Each week I supervise a team of four reporters as they create a story package for their convergence reporting class. From story pitching to final production, I'm constantly on call to help guide the editorial process and create a cohesive, publishable piece, even when it means being in the lab with teams for hours at a time. A key component of this is facilitating communication between team members and between team and faculty. Below are some projects that I helped manage:
Talking Politics: Unopposed mid-Missouri Candidates Pay the Price for Political Marketing
For this assignment, the team was asked to find a story about campaign finances. The ended up tracing a trend that many politicians still spend large sums of money even when they're running unopposed following the primaries. The most difficult part of this story on my end was making sure that the team kept sight of the story as a whole despite the fact that they were consistently dealing with singular candidates and singular data points.
Off the Clock - Lack of Public Interest Equals Lack of Funds for Pettis County Museum
This story started out focusing on one struggling museum, but I was able to help the team widen their view to several quirky museums sprinkled across mid-Missouri. They were working with a whole lot of content, so a big part of my contribution was helping to organize all of the reporting the students did in a way that the central focus, how do small museums stay open, wasn't lost.