This week I was assigned my first sports story! I got to cover the recent success of the Haslett lacrosse team this past season. The program had a new varsity coach as of October 2010, so my story was based on what he did to turn the team around. They were just a 500 team when he took over the reigns but by the end of their 2011-2012 season, they had placed 4th in division two!
Unfortunately, the weather had made my job as a multimedia journalist a bit more difficult. I had originally planned to interview the coach on Wednesday, before he held practice for another lacrosse team he coaches. But it was cancelled due to storms. On Thursday, I went to one of his games for this other team and interviewed him and two of his players from Haslett. It was really gloomy outside and it was actually raining during the majority of my interview. You may even be able to see a few rain drops in the lenses, which is never a good thing. The coach and team were very nice and accommodating to my story. You always feel good as a journalist when you work with people who are so friendly and understanding. But on a heavier note, I felt rushed on this story because I had to race against the rain, but still have enough footage to make a package and VOSOTVO. This story is definitely not my best work, and I know I can do better next time, if anything it was just another learning experience.
My standup for this story was actually shot at a soccer field near my house because of how my schedule fell this week. I was trying to be creative, since the rest of the story didn’t go the way I had planned. My mom actually helped me with the standup by throwing the lacrosse ball to me as I caught it and said the rest of my lines. I’m always trying to do something out of the norm for my stand-ups so that I can beef up my demoreel and stand out.