1. Always have more than one story Two weeks before the internship, LaToya
and I were in contact with each other. During our phone call sessions. LaToya
told me to come up with at least 4 pitch stories for my non-narrative piece.
At first, I wanted to connect this project with my senior seminar project,
which I got full permission for from my professor. I thought “I’ll just
do my story on slavery representation in public history” and that would be
the end of it. However, I learned that in journalism, there are no shortcuts.
It takes time to create a good story. When I presented my idea to LaToya, she
thought it was an interesting topic, but it did not meet our requirements in
regards to our topic of the New South. I was stuck with that phrase because I
did not know how to relate my ideas to the New South. Until one day, I
learned about the Antioch A.M.E. History Day where I found a potential story.
However, I did not realize that my story would change. 2. Events are not