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Ryan’s Slideshow Pitch

Your Name: Ryan Evans
Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

__X__ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):

I propose to do a story about Troubadour Tuesdays, a new weekly series featuring local songwriters performing at the Zoo Bar in downtown Lincoln. The series is unique because performers play two songs each and then it’s on to the next one. The hope of organizers is that this will eliminate patrons showing up only to watch performers with whom they are familiar, as each person will perform multiple two-song sets in a night. Because of this unique approach, I want to avoid focusing on individual performers (although some will probably be in the story), in favor of looking at how this series came to be, what the goals of its organizers are and what the performers themselves think of the format.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

An audio slideshow is a good format for this story because it should focus on soundbites from organizers, performers and maybe even audience members talking about what they think of the series. Because the story will not be performance-oriented, still photographs should be effective in establishing the atmosphere of the event.

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

I would like to touch on how the Zoo Bar is a legendary blues music venue and hope to include a photo or two of their interior walls, which are lined with posters of previous blues performers. Of course, I will include many shots of the talent actually performing, as well as “candid” photos of the organizers of the series and members of the audience.

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.

Josh Hoyer is a local musician who is also in charge of booking performers at the Zoo on Tuesdays. He played a large role in establishing Troubadour Tuesdays and has been instrumental in working to advance the visibility of the Lincoln music scene in the last few years. I have already contacted him to be sure that it is OK to bring recording equipment to the bar.

Pete Waters is the owner of the Zoo Bar.

Pablo Rangel has worked a lot with the Zoo Bar in various promotions of over the years and he frequently attends shows as the bar. A hardened blues fan, it may be interesting to see what he thinks about the Zoo providing a venue for a wider variety of music.

Lucas Kellison has been playing in Lincoln bands for many years and will be one of the featured performers during this Tuesday’s session. His insight into the series would be valuable because he has been around the Lincoln music scene for so long.

Ken Morton, Nikki Calhoun and Patrick Nichols are the other featured performers on Tuesday night.

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