Through my classes and internships, I've experienced covering various types of hard news. I've become accustomed to the pressure of writing under deadline and producing material that delivers the most essential news to my audience as quickly as possible.
You'll find some samples of my hard news articles below.
While most hard news stories have tight deadlines, breaking news takes the day-of deadline a step further.
For WUFT.org, I covered a speech by former presidential candidate Herman Cain at the University of Florida. I live tweeted interesting moments from the event and published photos as the WUFT News Twitter account.
You can see my complete live coverage of the event at the link below.http://storify.com/wuftnews/herman-cain-visits-uf
While interning at the Jacksonville Business Journal, I covered a major announcement by local web design firm Web.com. The company revealed it signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with a major golf tournament.
I was tasked with quickly researching the parties involved, watching the Web.com press conference online, conducting a quick phone interview with the company's chief marketing officer, and writing a quick article for the Journal's website.
Click the link below to see the article.http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2012/06/27/webcom-is-new-pga-tour-sponsor.html
In the same week Herman Cain came to UF, events were held by first lady Michelle Obama and Josh Romney, a son of the Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
I wrote a post covering the speakers for the Florida Online blog.You can see the post by clicking the link below.http://magazine.ufl.edu/2012/09/conservatives-speak-to-gator-country/
For the Jacksonville Business Journal, I wrote a longform news on a local company's biogas power plant project.
I interviewed employees of the companies involved in the project as well as the JEA electric utility company as an independent source weighing in on the subject.
The newspaper published the article in the print edition as well as on its website.
Check out the article by clicking the link below.http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/print-edition/2012/08/17/theres-money-in-muck.html
Public meetings are a major source of hard news coverage.
During my Jacksonville Business Journal internship, I covered a meeting held by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to present a $13.4 million project enhancing the bus services in the area.
I interviewed some officials and locals who came to the meeting and took some photos.
The link below will take you to the story.http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2012/06/20/jta-meeting-presents-bus-service.html
I covered a student government town hall meeting as one of my first article as a stringer for The Independent Florida Alligator.
While public meetings usually have a bad reputation for little action, covering this meeting showed me how unexpected occurrences can make any routine event a story.
Click the link below to see the story.http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_62a514d0-d1c4-11df-a160-001cc4c03286.html