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Kate Veik’s Text Story: Animal Blessing

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_xx_ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):
Pastor Karen Clarke has been blessing animals since she joined First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln in 2008. I want to interview her about why animals need blessing and the demand for animal blessing in Lincoln. I also want to shadow a blessing. Clarke told me in an email that she frequently blesses dogs that are new to a home or are ill.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.
This story would be best told in an audio slideshow format because I will have great audio of Clarke blessing an animal, the animal making noises, the animal’s owner thanking Clarke or telling Clarke about their animal’s situation. I think that audio is best paired with engaging photographs rather than video because video of blessing could be dull.

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific.
I want to shadow Clarke on a blessing. Either the focus will be on Clarke and why she blesses animals or it will be on the animal that will be blessed and why the animal needs blessing.

If I choose to focus on Clarke, then I want to have photos and nat sound from the entire process. I will have audio of her explaining why she blesses animals thread throughout the slideshow.

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.
Pastor Karen Clarke, Associate Pastor of First-Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC – to describe the demand for animal blessings in and around Lincoln and her history with animal blessing
Animal owner – to describe why his or her animal needed blessing (Possibly two Lincoln residents and their kitten that was hit by a car.)

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