Hello, incoming 4450/7450 student/reporter person.
We are about to meet face to face. I bet you have a lot of questions. I also bet you’ve heard some stuff about reporting: that it’s hard, the hours are long and those Missourian editors just don’t understand that you’re also a student.
We do understand. We also know that we have an obligation to give you the best training we can for a journalism world that has changed rapidly because of technology (and for so many other reasons) and will continue to change in ways we haven’t even begun to imagine.
What it’s like out there in the real world of reporting right now is a little easier to describe. And for that, I would like to thank Brian Stetler, who wrote this remarkable blog post about covering the tornado in Joplin — a story he hadn’t planned to cover. But then, there he was at O’Hare, and that flight was just leaving and he’s a weather geek, so…
This is your reading for class on Tuesday. Here’s how this works: You read, then you comment on this post. It’s more fun that way.
Here’s a question: What were some of the technical challenges Stetler faced?
Another question: What did he say his first instinct should be for covering a disaster?
See you on Sunday.