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Pitch: McCallister’s audio slideshow pitch

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

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

_____ Video

_xxx_ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph): 

Mitch Paine graduated from UNL in May and is currently wrapping up his campaign for Lower Platte South Natural Resource District.  I think it’s fascinating that at the age of 22, he is already running for office.  I want to find out what motivated him to run for office at such a young age, what he wants to do if he’s elected, what he’s done to campaign, etc.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

This story is best told as an audio slideshow because Paine is well-spoken, and I think the story is best told by him.  It’s so much more striking for this young man to talk about his achievements in his own voice.  Further, photos would better suit this story than video because there won’t be a lot of action taking place.  Instead, I’m going to photograph him and his campaign group “flyering” this weekend (they had a bunch of sticky notes printed reminding people to vote on Nov. 2 and to vote for Mitch) and his Election Day party on Tuesday evening at Zen’s bar.  So while there won’t be a lot of action captured visually, I think I can get a lot of good photos at these to events. 

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

I will photograph both the “flyering” event and the Election Day party at Zen’s.  For the campaigning event over the weekend, I could get some shots of Paine walking from door to door, talking to voters and putting sticky notes on people’s doors.  I think I’ll be able to get a lot of emtional shots at the party on Tuesday night, with people’s faces of anticipation, joy, sadness, etc.

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.

Mitch Paine — Obviously he will be the main character of  the story.  I’ve already talked to him a little bit to find out about the upcoming events.

Brennen Miller — Paine’s campaign manager.  He’s known Paine for a while and can provide some good background information.

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