The day when Story 2 took a different path.

Okay, the title of this post may seem a little irrelevant to News Reporting, but hear me out. Yesterday, things really took a different turn.

Upon arriving home, I stepped on a small booklet which revealed important information about the bush walk. The booklet also included quotes from Kay McIntyre, Chairperson of the Kaipatiki Local Board.

Since the booklet had all the basic facts, I thought I didn’t have to interview her. However, I emailed Kay to ask permission if I could use her quotes; she replied yes.

So then, I used all these information in order to develop the story.

In order to develop further, I interviewed two local residents and asked for their opinions. The interview was really quick. However, I was able to get enough local insights.

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Next post will be the actual news story. Hope you like it.

Light bulb for Story 2.

My next idea for my second story is pretty straightforward.

There is this new bush walk in our community that will connect existing tracks and streets. It is part of the Kaipatiki Local Board’s network connection plan and the council has started working on these walking tracks.

Thus, the angle I wish to focus on is the fact that works are being started on these walking tracks and how will this project benefit the community we live in. To do this, I’m thinking of interviewing residents living in the area just to get some local insights.

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My next post will be the interview details. So, stay tuned!

A change in the story.

After waiting for three days for Vector Arena to email me their response to our meeting arrangement, they still have not sent me a single answer.

I thought, no worries.

Thus, I decided to take a surf on Instagram in hopes of finding another interesting story to write about. I stumbled upon this picture, posted by Andie, a teenage girl who lives in North Shore, Auckland. What really attracted me to her post was just three words: “Home-grown earth friends.” To explain further, take a look at her Instagram post:

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In summary, her story is about her depression and how she was able to fight against it through planting. I thought this would be an interesting story to write about as it fits within the news values.

I immediately followed her on Instagram and was able to get a hold of her details. I emailed her and arranged for a meeting tomorrow.

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Watch out for my next post as I will be detailing out my interview with Andie.

A nice introduction.

After being away on a bereavement leave, I traveled back to the City of Sails to start yet another year of journalism. To kick off this year’s journalism, one has to start with an assignment, or should I say, a news story – how ironic.

I missed the first lecture of News Reporting. Thus, when I came to the second lecture, I was immediately greeted with a heap of helpful assignments. Why helpful? Helpful because I know these assignments will help me build confidence both in writing news stories and interviewing people.

I’ll cut to the chase and write about our first assignment.

My idea for our first assignment is to write a story about Vector Arena’s role in the upcoming Fifa U-20. Their role will be to cater for the people, including visitors and players participating in this international event. I have researched a little bit about this big event in New Zealand. Though, as of now, I am not quite sure whether Vector Arena will provide service throughout NZ or just Auckland. That is something I need to find out. In addition, I found out that they’ve written up their first draft of preparations for the Fifa U-20.

I thought this would be an interesting topic to write about as this is a one-time big event in New Zealand.

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Stay tuned for my next post, which will be the first post for my reflective essay. It talks about news from an academic perspective.