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Jenna Gibson Final Project

Your Name: Jenna Gibson

Your story format for this assignment:

__x___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

__x___ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):

For my final project I’ll be profiling Jack Dunn, longtime coordinator of the Mueller Planetarium in Morrill Hall. He is very passionate about his job, and is dedicated to improving and expanding the offerings at the planetarium. One angle I will have to explore that could be potentially interesting is that he works very hard for the planetarium, but I don’t see many people, especially college students, filling up Morrill Hall. So what keeps him ticking, despite being underappreciated?

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

For the profile, text is ideal because I can really get into the details of Jack’s history – how he became interested in planetarium work, how he came to do it here at UNL and what makes him continue to work so hard after all these years. And the video will supplement that story but putting the face to the name and looking more at how he works. The video will be more of a day in the life, showing what he has to do to keep things moving at the planetarium.

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

The visual component of the story – the video – will mostly center on a day in the life of Jack. I’ll follow him around and film as he prepares for a show, works with the projector equipment, interacts with customers, 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.

Jack Dunn will be the main source for the stories – I will talk to him a lot about his background and his love for his work at the planetarium. I will then use some of his colleagues to flesh out his personality and work ethic. Options are Pricilla Grew, director of the Nebraska State Museum, Mark Harris, the assistant director, or other workers.

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