I thought this was going to be a straightforward issue. Texting and driving is dangerous, right? With a little more research I found that banning it altogether could be even more dangerous. Texting below window level (and let’s be real, kids will) takes drivers’ eyes farther from the road. Well, enough of my ranting, if you’re interested read it here.
I got to work out as research for this story. Workin’ up a sweat and a story. It was really fun, though I never would have hopped on a bike with a virtual instructor had I not been writing about it. He was a little cheesy (I laughed out loud in the middle of a gym), but worth a try if you are into spinning classes.
Our first assignment at VOX was to compile cool events happening in Columbia during the spring semester. I drew the topic of sports. I’m a casual sports fan (unless soccer is involved, then I become a militant Real Madrid fan. LAS CAMASITAS BLANCAS!), and never anticipated writing about them. Spring semester means basketball, which has been a total enigma to me since I quit in kindergarten. Anyway, I pushed through, expanded my knowledge of the game, and got to try to be funny. My VOX voice is still a work in progress, but here it is…http://www.voxmagazine.com/stories/2011/02/03/sports/
Showing up for my first GA shift, I was beyond lost. The Missourian newsroom seemed like a well-oiled machine, and I had no idea how it worked. I was quickly thrown into the mix with a story on MU professor Richard Meadows, who won the prestigious Pfizer National Teaching Award for veterinary medicine. I called his office and was told he was out making his rounds. I anticipated a long day of trying to get ahold of someone desperately trying to avoid me.
Before long I was put on another story about MU students who had built an igloo in their backyard. I got to interview some cool guys about a cool story in a cool setting, and heading back to the newsroom I was pretty excited to write a story. Of course Professor Meadows called me back as soon as I sat down at the Missourian and I learned what it felt like to juggle stories. It was a crazy day, but I got some good experience out of it. The igloo story even appeared in the “most read” column.
The Way Back was my first movie review assignment for VOX. Initially, I hoped I would either hate or love the movie. I thought strong feelings either way would make it easier to write. Instead, I found parts of the movie well done, and other parts over-done. I had to get around to expressing a less-than-straightforward reaction honestly, which proved difficult at first. After completely deleting a finished first draft, I settled on something I was comfortable turning in. Here it is…http://www.voxmagazine.com/stories/2011/01/22/movie-review-way-back/
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