Tolton Trailblazers couldn’t find the time to tickle the twine

June 6, 2015

It was a sad game, the Class 1 girls soccer state championship. Tolton could not keep up the Saxony Lutheran and their attack. Saxony’s players had exceptional foot skills and took the time to see where the ball needed to be. Tolton allowed 4 goals in the first half.

The second have proved somewhat better for Tolton. They fought harder, but could not get the ball through the Crusaders defense.

The final score was 5-0 with Saxony taking the state title.

I felt sad for the girls. I had gotten to know many of them and their coaches in the two weeks i had been working with them and found it hard to watch them come in second.

Find the story here on the Columbia Missourian website.


Tolton is going to the Finals

June 5, 2015

Friday was a very long day for me.

It started out like a great day. I got to the newsroom and was excited to be able to post on the Missourian’s snapchat and live tweet from the Tolton semifinal game in Blue Springs.

The game was scheduled for 2 p.m. and I left by noon. Around 45 minutes after I left Columbia, I hit something and got a flat tire. I called to have someone come and help me which took well over an hour for them to get to me. I was frustrated, hot, and very late. The photographer that was there from the Missourian ended up taking some note.

By the time I got to the game, there was only 13 minutes left in the second half. By the time I got down to the field after signing in there was only 5.  I did my best to get some interviews after the game, but didn’t really know much of what had happened throughout.

I combined what I knew, the photographer knew, and what was posted on the MSHSAA website to pull together a story.

Go find that story on the Columbia Missourian website.

Writing a Life story

June 3, 2015

On Monday I was assigned to write a Life story or an extended obituary essentially. Honestly, I felt pretty uncomfortable calling a grieving family during this difficult time.

The man that I was writing on had lived in Columbia for a time, but then moved to Bedford, Indiana. It was really difficult at the time to be able to find any information on this man when he hadn’t lived here in over 10 years. It was also difficult to get a lot of information from his wife, seeing as she was grieving and wasn’t quite up for talking to a reporter. I tried to be as gentle as possible.

Finding people on the internet is also difficult without having to pay for the information. I was lucky to find his and his wife’s number in Bedford, but was unfortunate to not be able to find any of his children’s phone numbers. I did however find them on Facebook. I messaged them, but they never got back to me.

Here is a link for my story on the Columbia Missourian.

Tolton takes first round in state championship

May 31, 2015

Today I wrote a story about the Tolton Catholic High School girls soccer team.

I caught up with the team on Tuesday at their practice and learned a lot about the team and some of the players.

They won their game against Greenwood 4-1 and are now playing in the semi-finals on Friday. They will be playing Trinity Catholic and I will be there in Blue Springs to cover it.

Check out my story on the Columbia Missourian Sports page.

Clery Release

Today I had to write a clery release about a girl who was raped by a man she just met downtown.

It was kind of confusing and I felt for this girl. What confused me was what happened. I just wonder why she left with a man she just met who was speaking a different language and why she was in the area that she was when the assault occurred.

This was my first experience with writing a clery release/short news story. I learned how to structure it and what information should go where.

Here is a link to my short clery release story.

Case of Technical Difficulties

May 27, 2015

Columbia schools had their last day of school today. I volunteered with another girl in my reporting class to do a video story on a group of kindergarteners on their last day of their first year of big kid school.  It did not turn out the way we had planned.

First off, the recorder that we had checked out from the Mizzou J-school library was very unfamiliar to the both of us and we could quite figure it out.  The next thing that was a problem was that we had a possibly damaged memory card that wasn’t recording the information correctly.

The biggest problem other than technical difficulties was that there wasn’t really a story.  What the kindergarteners were doing that day was not really any different than any other day in kindergarten.  With the exception of signing “yearbooks” there was nothing that stood out as last day of school.  It made for uneventful footage and just seemed like any other day.

In the end we didn’t end up editing it or publishing it because it didn’t have a story that was anything but ordinary. However, I did learn a few things:

  • Make sure you know how all the equipment works
  • Check that all equipment is working properly before you leave
  • Once in the situation, stay through all the emotional parts

Hello World!

May 23, 2015

Working as a Reporter this summer at the Columbia Missourian will be challenging and hopefully eventful. I hope to learn a lot about being a reporter and I hope I will end my seven weeks with some great stories both in and out of the newsroom.

Being a reporter is sort of new to me. I took J 2100 at Mizzou in the Spring of 2014.  It has been a while since I have written anything more than captions on photos. It will be a challenge for me to get back into the mode of reporting the news.

With 4 sources of journalism to be written/posted each week, I hope to get out and continue to both photograph and write about events and happenings in the Columbia area.

Welcome to my Blog

Hi! My name is Halee and I am a senior at the University of Missouri, GO TIGERS!

This blog consists of things I have done for school. There is a photo tab called advanced techniques that was for a lighting class and a tab News reporting that talks all about what I’ve been doing as a reporter for the Columbia Missourian.

Stay tuned for things to come!!!