Last week I wrote a story called “Near-accident caught on camera by truck driver.”
It’s about a local truck driver who was on the highway in Louisiana when he saw a chain of cars start to slow down for a sheriff’s deputy. One of the cars began to swerve out of control before completing a 180 degree turn, stopping right in front of another car.
He caught the whole thing on video.
Luckily, no one was hurt or damaged their vehicles.
We aired this story in our 11 p.m. newscast. One of the producers reached out to the truck driver for a Skype interview.
I logged the interview, wrote a web story and added a clip of the newscast to the story.
I want to do more stories like this. I want to do more original reporting.
I spend a lot of time at my job searching for stories from the Associated Press wire or content from our sister stations.
I told myself that I would make it a habit to research, conduct interviews and create “web only” stories.
If the resources permit, I would also like to add video or some sort of multimedia element to the stories.