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Second reporting shift
emmalee reed
Jan 31, 2020
Location: Columbia, Missouri
On Wednesday, I worked my second GA shift, covering for another reporter.

It was a pretty slow day in the newsroom. I worked mostly on getting ideas organized and planning my story—the one I started on Tuesday. I had a lot of ideas about where I wanted the story to go, but I know now that I need to focus and keep my ideas specific.

Toward the end of the shift, I worked with Fred to write a brief about Lucky's Market: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/founders-of-lucky-s-market-agree-to-manage-remaining-stores/article_668d0be6-42e1-11ea-9b2c-3b0dd8d8844c.html. Working on this story was my first time writing on a real time crunch. Lucky’s is important to the Columbia community and has been making a lot of news in the past weeks, so we wanted to get the story out as fast as possible. Fred was really helpful in getting this story out quickly, and I found court documents and outside reporting that we included in the story and made it more than just writing off a press release.

This story ended up being my first story on the front page—I've had photos there before—which was a little bit exciting. Because it was a brief with important information for our readers, I understand why it was on the front page. I think I'll be more excited if a big story I find and write makes it there. I know getting stories on A1 doesn't matter in the scheme of things, but it is cool to see work in print and know it is being seen by many people.

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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