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Veik – Video pitch

Your Name: Kate Veik
Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

__x__ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):

Bike safety is an issue that affects a large group of students at UN-L, especially commuters. Even with the numerous dangers associated with biking, most students choose not to wear helmets.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

I think video is the best format for telling this story because it’s easier for readers to digest the dangers associated with biking, especially without a helmet, when you can see them.

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

I would get video of students biking past the entrance and exit of a parking garage because that is where many biking accidents occur. I would also get video of students biking across busy intersections downtown and biking in the streets with traffic. For extra b-roll, I could get shots of all the bikes locked up around campus to illustrate the huge number of students who bike. I could also get b-roll of any students carrying helmets around classes or helmets clipped to bikes.

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.

Students (3+): I have already spoken with multiple students about wearing helmets. Most don’t wear helmets because they look dorky. I found a few students that do wear helmets because they commute to City Campus. I would like to have opinions on both sides of the issue.

UNL Police: UNL Police can talk about the dangers associated with biking, especially for commuters, and how wearing a helmet can pacify those dangers.

UNL Health Center: I can get stats on how many bike-related injuries come into the health center and whether helmets are involved.

Motorists: I can talk to people who drive to school or work about their experience with and opinion of student bikers. I would also like to know their opinion of students who forgo helmets when biking in the streets.

Moose’s Tooth/Monkey’s Wrench: I would ask these bike shops about how many helmets they stock and how many students purchase helmets typically.

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