The workshop opened with director Steve Sweitzer and instructor John Goheen critiquing attendeesâ€™ video assignments. The video assignments were filmed around the San Marcos area and covered a wide array of topics.
Sweitzer and Goheen gave attendees pointers when it came to transitioning from one story to another. For instance, during a news segment about local businesses, Sweitzer spoke of the importance of seeing each business owner instead of simply using a sound byte.
â€œI want to see the business owner when theyâ€™re talking,â€ Sweitzer said. â€œSay it, see it.â€
Nate Stewart, of WLTX in Colombia, South Carolina, composed a story about Texas State student Elizabeth â€œLizzieâ€ Velasquez. Velasquez has a rare and undiagnosed genetic condition that prevents her from gaining any weight.
Huppert and Malat provided an exercise over focus statements by showing different news stories they had produced, and had students try to come up with a focus statement for each story.
—by Shawn Dullye, Texas State journalism major