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.