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Pitch: McCallister’s text story

Your Name:  Sarah McCallister
Your story format for this assignment:

__xxx___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):

College students are somewhat notorious for doing stupid things that can result in legal troubles, particularly when alcohol is involved.  Whether it was a minor in possession, a DUI or urinating in public, everyone has either had experience or knows someone who has had such experience with the law during their undergraduate years.  I was interested in looking into how these (relatively minor) offenses during college can affect a student in the long run, particularly when they are applying for internships, jobs or graduate schools.  Would a MIP conviction when a student is 19 years old prevent them from getting an internship at the age of 22?  If someone is cited for urinating in the bushes outside of Andersen after a night at the bars, is s/he no longer eligible for an internship?  How much weight is given to criminal history on an application for graduate school or law school?  Can anything be done to mend or erase the stupidity of their college years?

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

This story is best told in a text format because it’s an explanatory story — the story will look into and discuss the possible outcomes and long-term consequences of actions during a student’s college years.  Because there is no action going on, neither video nor an audio slideshow would be justified.

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

I think that this story would best be told visually through photos, particularly photo illustrations.  For example, I can photograph an individual who has been involved with legal troubles holding the paper citation for their crime in one hand and an application for a job/internship/graduate school in their other hand.  I don’t know how easily this story could be told through straightforward, newsy photographs, so I think be creative and show the story visually in a more fun way.

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.

Mike Gambrel:  A senior education major who received a MIP.  I think he would be a good candidate to be the “main character” to illustrate the story by introducing the story with his legal indiscretion and interweaving his experience since throughout the story.

Haley Bush:  A staff assistant and internship coordinator in the office of Sen. Ben Nelson.  She would be a good source to find out information about how much weight is given to criminal history on applications for internships.  Is an MIP a deal-breaker for the position?

Kirk Kluver:  Assistant Dean for Admissions in the UNL College of Law.  Another person who could offer some insight into how criminal history is viewed on an application.

Shelley Stall or Tom Keefe:  Attorneys with UNL’s Student Legal Services.  Either of these people could be a good source to find out how deal with these legal troubles and what they can do to minimize their long-term affects.

I would also like to find one other student who can offer a new perspective about getting into trouble with the law and how that can affect them in the long run.

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