Today, I did a lot of reading and searching for stories through social media and news outlets.
I also ended up finding a story that I was able to write from a reporter’s notes who attended the announcement of disaster preparedness community classes by the city of Pittsburgh.
My story wasn’t published, because the reporter ended up writing his own version of the event, so I will post my edited version here.
I also wrote an article about the Point State Park fountain repair progress. It was a wonderful opportunity to get out of the office a little bit for some street reporting, even if I did get caught in the rain!
I started off the day searching for typos in web stories & story ideas. I came across a tweet where Mayor Bill Peduto welcomed a new robotics company to the Bloomfield neighborhood. I pitched the story to Teresa, the business editor, and she gave me the go-ahead to contact sources.
Before that, I had plenty of meetings to attend…
12:15 p.m. I met with the visuals editor, Rebecca to brainstorm ideas for my new project, “Sounds of Pittsburgh.”
1:00 p.m. The web team meeting allowed us to discuss ideas like transparency and driving more viewers to our website and social media pages.
1:30 p.m. I met with Laura, my mentor who works a lot with news interactives, and tossed around some ideas for locations and layout for the “Sounds of Pittsburgh” project.
2:30 p.m. I met with Meagen to update her on what came out of my previous meetings and to discuss another project we’ve been developing. She was happy to see the amount of detail and thought I’ve been putting into my work!
Before leaving for the day, I contacted sources for the Agility Robotics story.
Today, I worked heavily on the robotics story, interviewing two main players in the move and writing about 700 words. I also kept up with social media posts today, along with keeping an eye out for any errors in web stories.
Finally Friday! I worked on multiple rounds of edits on my robotics story, a piece that will be in the print business section of Saturday’s paper. I also got a jump start on my third project, writing and gathering visuals on the annual “Top Workplaces” project the Post-Gazette features every summer. I will be focusing on benefits that employees receive in the workplace that contribute to their overall satisfaction within an organization or company. Details to come!