Midterm Story Draft – Teddy

*Im getting video clips Friday*

In January of 2017 Gov. Dan Patrick filed a new bill which requires all transgender Texans to utilise the restrooms which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, naming the bill the Texas Privacy Act.

Having this bill causes major social problems to the communities. One which being, it supposed to protect women from sexual predators and the other which being, it is discriminatory to the LGBTQ community.

Rhea Pledger, is a license professional counselor here in Austin Texas. For many of his years he worked with the LGBTQ community with counselling.

Pledger, specialise in anxiety, depression and difficult childhood. With relation to this bill  trying to be passed, those who are in the LGBTQ community this can have some major effects on them.

Those who are for this bill sees this bill as a way to stop sexual predator,  and privacy among women, where as LGBTQ community sees it as they are the predator but more so the victims in this case.

Passing this bill could be potentially psychologically damaging to the LGBTQ.

For this story I will be having a sit down interview with counselor Rhea Pledger, to discuss his take on the bill and how might that effect his patients.


Midterm Story Pitch – Teddy Ade

I was thinking of doing my story on Rhea Pledgar, a licensed professional counselor. His services includes individual, relationship, and group therapy. He worked for year with the LGBTQ community, mainly touching on anxiety, depression and difficult childhood. I will be focusing on my story mainly around that topic of his services. Some ideas I had of capturing this story would an one on one interview with Rhea PLedgarm and if available with consent a patient of his. Just to talk about their experiences with his service and why they love going there. Also, if available and with consent some photos and videos of the groups therapy as well. I think for the story I will be mainly sticking with photos and videos. I believe having both will do a very good job of making the story come to life.

This is a great idea, Teddy. I love it. If you need help explaining to Rhea how the class works and what’s involved, I would be happy to send a note or answer questions. I would get started talking to Rhea. He may prefer to contact a former patient, for instance. And I’d also expand and include interviews with LGBTQ people who he doesn’t necessarily treat just so you have more voices about these feelings and issues. I have a friend (actually, our handy person at home) who is trans and very politically active in the Texas Lege. If you like, I could see if Brandy would like to be interviewed for your story. No pressure, just a thought.

Media Critique Teddy

While evaluating Baltimore news cast done by Mike Hellgren on the death of Baltimore’s most well known rap star Tyriece Watson, also known as Lor Scoota, something happened. See how what you wrote is  not a complete sentence? In this news coverage Hellgren discusses how, as Tyriece Watson was leaving a peace rally for stop the violence at Morgan State University, Watson was gunned down in broad daylight. Some of the elements he used while making this new coverage was a raw video clip with footages of a Watson music video as a transition between clips. He also was able to get B-roll footages of the actual crime seen scene of the car Watson was driving, the bullets that was were left behind and as well as some people mooring mourning? . Hellgren had three interviewees, one who wish to keep her name and disguise disguise? anonymous, Baltimore up-and- coming female rapper, Tera Molby, and Nick Mosby, of the Baltimore City Council. I think the media elements Hellgren used fit very well and was were very helpful in understand what happened and how to help police solve the case of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota. The structure of this news passage favors the side of justice for Tyriece Watson by using their whose? Who does “their” refer to? critique of the raw video recording of Watson,and of the crime scene seen to create that perspective. In conclusion, I see Hellgren‘s work as a great material for covering this new story. What makes this news story so great is the emotion you felt from watching the covers. I think he did a great of  job of grabbing gabbing the audience‘s attention in letting us know who was Lor Scoota was, what he did for a living and how his life ended so suddenly.

OK:  Teddy. See my writing corrections. In journalism, we write the full name of the person once, at the beginning, and then refer to the person by last name only after that. You have some grammatical issues, too, so be careful to proofread or have a friend who is strong with grammar read over your work. You can also think about using the Writing Center to help you with grammar and syntax. Where is a link to the story? Difficult for me to assess the analysis fully if I can’t see the story.



Thought Exercise 4 Teddy Ade

  • Identify two quotes, one direct and one indirect (you may include partial quotes), from Mr. Cardenas that appear in the passage. Write the two quotes below and identify them as direct or indirect. (4 points)

Direct: “I see people taking to-go boxes,”

Indirect: “Most of the time, he guards a parking lot during special events at the nearby Shoreline Amphitheater” This isn’t a quote, direct or indirect. An indirect quote is something the writer tells us Manny said, but isn’t an actual quotation from Manny – paraphrase is another word for it. Here is an example “Sometimes, Cardenas says, he doesn’t make enough money to feed himself and his daughter, which feels strange, working at a place like Google.”

Write down one question you imagine the reporter asked to get one of these quotes. (1 point)

How do you know other people take food home?


  • Identify a potential source for a news story of your choosing (think back to thought exercise #3). Write down the source and four potential questions for your interviewee.  (5 points) Ok, the question asks you to come up with a news source of your choosing.

I would take lots of B-roll footages of the scenery of where he works. Clips of executive working coming in and out. I would interview his boss, and other coworkers who are in the same position and different.


  1. For his boss: How hard of a worker would you say is Manny is to you?
  2. Coworker: How is the life for you working here? Any challenges?
  3. Coworker: How do you feel bout not getting as much respect for basically making it safe for the people in the executive order to do their work? With you thing would not be managed, as smoothly don’t you think?
  4. His boss: Are there anything you wish that could change or see changing in the next few months or even years?

Thought Exericise #3

Teddy Ade

  1. Brainstorm possible news story ideas. If it helps you may think about news story ideas by using some of your own life experiences and those of your family, friends, neighbors and community. Think about what makes the stories interesting and important, select 2 and write them down.
  • Gentrification in cities
  • A 10 year old boy thrown off of a moving school bus
  1. Think about news values (timeliness, proximity, conflict and controversy, human interest, relevance), pick one of your story ideas from question #1 above and explain which news values are present in your story.
  • The one I’d pick was my second choice, “A 10 year old boy thrown off of moving school bus”. Human interest, controversy would be the value present in this story. This stories would capture people attention because its not every day you here a kid getting thrown off a moving school bus and people would start the question of why he was thrown off. That which leads me to how it’s a controversy because it plays into question how the school bus driver does not hear the alarm going off when the back door open? Who should be responsible for accent, the driver for letting it get that fare or the kids that thrown the boy off the bus?
  1. Identify and list potential sources and interviewees for your story.
  • Principle of the school
  • The driver
  • The bus driver boss
  • Any kids who was not involved and saw
  • Witness from the vehicles that saw the bus door open
  • The kid who got thrown off his parents
  • Other parents that attend the school
  1. Think about some of the interactive media elements from thought exercise #2. What types (photos, video, interactive maps, etc.) of interactive media would add depth and understanding to your story?
  • I would have video clips of the school bus, the school, the area where it happened, a clip of kids feet walking on and off a school bus.
  1. Explain why the public would find the story relevant, interesting or important.
  • The public would find this story interesting and important because it a lot of parents with kids of their own and hearing this story they could touch them emotionally to think “ what if that was my kid”. Also it could show the importance of school bus having solvencies not just the front but the back, and maybe even seat belts.