Before you go on Spring Break, Tell me a Story.


By Bill Roth

Spring break is here but before we all head off to the beach, I’d like to share some work that several students in our Sports Media & Analytics program at Tech have produced in the last couple of weeks.

Three weeks ago, I assigned one of our classes to produce a long-form TV package.  “Tell me a story,” I told ‘em (as usual,) and today, I’d like to introduce you to two young women who did exactly that.

Nicole Gabe is a junior at Virginia Tech studying Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. She’s also interning this semester at Roanoke’s Fox Affiliate, WFXR-TV.  Nicole’s focus was bullying. She told the story of a 10-year old boy named Kalab and his relationship with former Virginia Tech football player Tim Settle. Nicole did a terrific job with this, even recording her stand-ups at WFXR-TV which has been tremendously accommodating to a number of Tech students who are interning there again this year.

Mary Desmond is a senior at Tech studying Multimedia Journalism.  She’s worked at Hokievision, VTTV, and WUVT-FM radio in Blacksburg. Mary produced a story: Freddy Mesmer - Back in the Swing. It’s the story of a Virginia Tech tennis player who has overcome Gastroparesis and a torn labrum during his  career as an athlete. Mary used multiple cameras and a nice music track to help set the tone of her story.

Take note of the writing and the production values in their work.

Again, whether we are doing play-by-play of a game, anchoring at a desk, or putting together a short or long-form package, we are in the story-telling business.  Nicole Gabe and Mary Desmond are two young journalists who ‘get it.’

I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.  Feel free to share comments below.



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