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Prepping for the big day
emmalee reed
Feb 9, 2020
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On Monday, Feb. 10, I cover my first big event as a reporter: a school board meeting.

I have been studying the agenda for the past few days. There is a lot to look over. It seems like there is a story to be found in every item of the agenda. And a few stories not on the agenda, too.

I have found several Facebook posts of parents online talking about things they want to discuss at the board meeting. The posts have over 60, over 100 comments, and quite a few shares each. The concerns seem to be very important, so I am thankful that I caught them and can prepare. I have done as much research as I can about the topics the parents are concerned about, but will just have to wait until the meeting, I think, to see how it all unfolds.

I hope that my preparations for the meeting are good enough. I know that I'll have more school board meetings i to report on, and I will surely get better at reporting on them as the semester progresses, which is exciting.

I am also trying to get more involved on campus, and so I attended an Online News Association meeting last week. We learned about how to use Microsoft Excel in reporting with lots of data, and I was able to use the skills that I learned in my school board meeting prep. There is a lot of data in the documents to sift through, and Excel helped me organize it and figure out what the data really meant.

Even just by the prepping I did today, I feel like I am growing into a better reporter, and I am excited to see how much better I can get in the next few weeks, months, years.

Emmalee Reed

Emmalee Reed is a photojournalist and photo editor based in Columbia, Missouri. She specializes in documentary photography and photojournalism.
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