Day Four: Zoom hangouts and vignette preparation

by Cassandra Rosales, June 18 2020

Rising this morning was difficult — I felt completely drained. I quickly woke up, however, and was ready for the day ahead of me. 

Upon entering the Zoom call, we spoke about how our vignettes were coming together and how last night’s call with a Mosaic alum went. We then had Maya Suryaraman, one of the Mosaic instructors, speak to us about story ideas. Suryaraman lectured us on the seven elements of news value.

We then got put into a breakout session, where we talked about examples of local events that will be dead-in-the-water (forgotten about) within two weeks. In our next breakout session, we had to answer the question “How could Mosaic use human interest to localize a story about the high cost of a college education?” My breakout group talked about how it would be unfair to students if they had to pay for housing when they are not even on campus. 

After Suryaraman’s session, we met up with our instructors. I had a quick meeting with my instructor, who also happens to be Suryaraman. We discussed the suggestions she made on my bio, and I was able to submit my vignette. 

Our lunch/work time runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and today’s lunch time was different. We had a lunch room where the students were able to bond and connect with each other. I joined the call at around 12:30 p.m., and I am happy that I did. I was able to connect with other students over the boyband One Direction, which is great! 

Once our lunch was over, we had our news sharing time. Another instructor of ours, Sal Pizarro, was talking about a news article that had an out-of-place headline. He went on to talk about how some articles have headlines that do not give you an idea of what the article will be about. A student of ours, Vanessa Gudino, shared an article about the Supreme Court ruling in favor of upholding DACA. We also had other students share news stories. 

After this, Suryaraman gave us a lesson on how to write. We talked about direct and delayed ledes, and how to tell the difference between the two. After that, we were put into breakout groups, where we discussed the pros and cons of direct and delayed ledes. We practiced writing a direct lede with a paragraph of context to guide us. Then, we had to turn a delayed lede into a direct lede. We also learned how to identify the nut graf (how information fits into the larger picture) in a story. 

We then had our last meeting with our instructors for the day. Overall, today was very productive. We got a lot done and learned new things. 

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