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Pitch: Reineke’s text story

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Your Name: Seanica Reineke
Your story format for this assignment:

__XX___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Pitch

Nebraska’s own Industrial Arts Building, a 97-year-old structure located in the Old State Fair Park, is on the National Trust of Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The building is in danger of being torn down by UNL instead of being renovated for use on the Innovation Campus. There are more than 450 fans on its Facebook page, Friends of the Industrial Arts Building, and more than 900 people have signed a petition in support of the building, but university officials have criticized those trying to save the building, saying they resent their “indolent attacks” at trying to stop forward progress of Innovation Campus. I have already talked to Diane Walkowiak, a community activist heavily involved in this effort, who says the building represents part of Nebraska’s agricultural heritage. She says university officials should honor that fact and adaptively re-use the building. I want to talk to those at the heart of the effort to try and save the building, find out why they feel it’s such an important building in Nebraska’s history and learn more about what they are doing to try and save the building and why.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

I don’t think video would work very well for this story because there isn’t much action happening, so I don’t think an audio slideshow would do the piece justice either. I think text is best because I can take a different angle for this topic, provide the readers with details from those who care a lot about the building, allow them to be innovative on their own through those details, and then see pictures of the building or graphics as to what could happen to the building in both scenarios: renovation or destruction.

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific.

I will provide vivid details of the interior of the building from those supporting the building’s renovation, paint a picture for the readers from my sources’ perspectives of the building’s importance and also provide the graphics mentioned above or pictures of the building, past and present.

List the names and titles of the sources (both those you have talked with already and those you plan to talk to) and describe what role they will play in the story.

Diane Walkowiak, University Place Community Group President and Community Activist. (Also creator of savetheiab.com and the facebook group.) I have already talked to her and gotten a lot of information that will be very helpful. I believe she is a great subject to be a main character. She will tell a lot of the story from her perspective. She got involved with the effort in January 2010 and believes she has given other citizens a vehicle to express how they feel about the situation.

J.L. Schmidt, Executive Director of Heritage Nebraska. Heritage Nebraska is the group that has led the effort to save the building. I have talked to J.L. and he has provided a lot of details about the entire effort from its beginning and what impact it has had on him. He also has a lot of great information about why the building is such an important piece in Nebraska’s history.

Laurie Richards, Heritage Nebraska employee who has been active on the issue. Jo Gutgsell, President of the Preservation Association of Lincoln. I plan to talk to Laurie and Jo to get their perspectives as employees for the two different organizations involved. I think they will bring fresh ideas and details to the story.

Dan Worth and Jerry Berggren, architects who co-authored a feasibility report that was presented to UNL officials. These two men will have a little different perspective, but one that I think will be beneficial to the story. Still thinking about how this effort has affected them, I believe their thoughts as architects involved will be very interesting.

I would also like to interview a couple of other people from the Facebook group and those who signed the petitions to see why they want to save the building, what role they are playing in the effort.

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