Monday, April 13, 2009

Riding around with a Parking Representative

For the slideshow story, I want to maybe ride around with the people who distribute parking tickets. You've seen them in those tiny, tiny, little cars driving down Cross Campus, or maybe in the garage checking to see if parking permits are hanging in vehicles' windshield and, if not, writing out tickets.

Im in the process of setting up a time with a PSA (Parking Services Associate) in order to complete this project. Hopefully, I can get some pictures of the associate writing out tickets and also driving around the different garages. I dont know if it would be a good idea to interview the associate to while they're driving, but that way I could get natural sound. Either way, Im actually excited to do this story.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Last night I was watching, UNTAMED AND UNCUT, on THE ANIMAL PLANET. I'm not to sure if the vidoes on this show was edited, but it was very interesting. I mean how many times have you caught on tape a woman getting attacked by a polar bear at the zoo or two giraffes battling (necking as they call it in the animal wold) each other while on a safari. There's a lot of natural sound going on, but these people didn't edit their videos.

Go to to watch a woman get attacked by the polar bear at the zoo.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Audio and Feature Stories

So my audio story is posted! Thank Goodness! That was probably one of the most stressful stories I have dont so far.

For my audio story I decided to interview a representative from Towson's Parking and Transportation Services and also interview a frustrated commuter. Sheila Tilghman and Kenny West gave me a lot of information about what was going on with the parking at the University. They told me that the Pay-To-Park meters along Cross Campus Drive were actually installed by Baltimore County, the money does not go to Towson. They will be building a garage on the same parking lot as West Village and it will be the same size as Towsontown Garage. Tilghman and West both think that students have unrealistic expectations about parking. They stressed that there are plenty of parking spaces for students and sometimes they may have to park at the Towson Center.

I talked to Kelly Resciniti, a senior at Towson, who has a 45 min. commute to campus everyday. Since her classes start at 10:30, she has to go to the Towson Center everyday for parking. She thinks that Towson should cater more to commuters and make residents who have cars park further away somewhere else.

Go listen to my story at

My feature story entitled, Got A Space, talks about two commuter students different perspectives on parking and also how to find a parking space on campus. One student, Misha Bazemore, says she doesn't have a problem with finding parking because her classes are so early. But, another Towson commuter student, Ashley Wilder, thinks parking is an "unnecessary hassle" and she doesn't want early classes because she isn't a morning person.

The reality is if you have a class after 9:30 a.m., then you should just drive straight to the Towson Center. Sure you can circle around the garage, wasting time and gas, and try to find a spot, and you may even luck up, but your best bet is to go to the Towson Center and wait for the shuttles.

Friday, March 13, 2009

There's Two Sides to Every Story...

For the next assignment, I think I want to interview a person from Parking and Transportation Services and also interview a commuter student. I think it would be interesting to get both perspectives about Towson's parking. Getting a commuter student that is frustrated with parking would make it a good story. Hopefully, I can find one because my sources for my last story hardly wanted to talk, which made it very hard to get a good story.

Friday, March 6, 2009

From News to Broadcast

I found my first summary lead article in The Baltimore Sun, called Md. tracks on auction block. The lead says: Magna Entertainment Corp., the troubled owner of Maryland's thoroughbred tracks, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday and essentially put all of its racetracks up for sale, including Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes.

In order to make it a broadcast lead I would change it to this: Magna Entertinament Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday and plans to sell al of its racetracks, including, Pimlico Race Course.


The article, Obama Expected to Reverse Limits on Stem Cells, found in The New York Times, says: President Obama is expected to announce on Monday that he is reversing Bush administration limits on federal financing for embryonic stem-cell research, White House officials said on Friday.

I think a broadcast lead my say: White House officials said, President Obama will announce Monday that he's reversing the currnet limits on financing for embyonic stem-cell research.


I found my last article in The Washington Post, called U.S. Unemployment Rate Jumps to 8.1 Percent. The lead says: The nation's unemployment rate climbed above 8 percent last month and the economy shed 651,000 jobs, new data show, further evidence of the deepening recession that has devastated the stock market and home prices and triggered the largest government recovery effort since the Great Depression.

I think this one is a little harder, but I think it should say: The nation's unemployment rate reached 8 percent last month and the economy lost 651,000 jobs. You can put the rest of the sentence into the next sentence.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Towson Expanding!? Oh, No!

I found an article in the Towerlight about Towson being one of the "growth campuses" among other Maryland institutions. It's not really related to my topic, but it affects current commuters and incoming commuters directly.

Towson already has a huge affect on the surrounding neighborhood. It's just too small of a campus to hold such a large student body. House Bill 693 "applies to institutions designated as growth campuses for the University System of Maryland that have student bodies larger than 14,000. Towson University is the only school that the bill would impact." Advocates of the bill are qucik to speak out about how negatively Towson students have affected the surrounding communities and OVERFLOW PARKING WOULD LEAD TO NEIGHBORHOOD PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.

I don't understand why Towson wants to grow. For the MONEY maybe. They are trying to add 600 more beds to West Village. Towson should try to re-build their reputation with the neighborhood before they do anything and maybe ADD MORE GARAGES FIRST!

Monday, February 23, 2009

How To.....

I have decided to do a "How To" story for my multimedia story. I think this will probably be the easiest way for me to do this story. This type of story will also be helpful for commuters who are having problems with finding parking at Towson or dealing with traffic on the way.

I want to get a quote from someone at Parking and Transportation Services about what commuters should do to avoid traffic and get a decent parking spot. I also want to get a quote from a Senior commuter at Towson. They could talk about their experiences and maybe give some advice too.