12/20 & 12/21

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/prep_sports/forfeits-highlight-hickman-wrestling-victory-over-tolton/article_fad64752-04be-11e9-9412-ffef5648a658.html

Thursday night was pretty interesting. I got to cover a wrestling dual and it was an interesting dual at that.

24 hours prior to writing the story, I knew nothing about wrestling. I spent the whole day leading up to the dual learning about the sport because I wanted to get it right.

Then the meet came and a majority of the matches ended in forfeits. The tone of my story was to show the oddness of that because I was a fish out of water there. But it was a lot of fun because it was something out of my knowledge and comfort zone.

I think I gained some great experience doing that and I’m looking forward to doing more.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/prep_sports/rock-bridge-boys-and-girls-basketball-pick-up-victories/article_b85ea970-05a2-11e9-af8d-c350b857db65.html

Friday night, I got to cover some more high school basketball. I’ve taken a liking to Rock Bridge high school and its teams. It was a lot of fun to be there the entirety of Friday night to cover both girls and boys basketball.

Though it came with a lot of writing. The boys won in a 40-point blowout but they got more space in my article. They’re No. 3 in the state and they’re really talented and deserving of 700 words.

But, the girls game was a lot closer, more competitive and intense. I felt I did them a bit wrong by not giving them the same amount of space as the boys because it was a great game. However, there shouldn’t be 1000+ word stories on one night of high school basketball. They’re just regular gamers so, I had to realize that. It was also getting past 10PM when I finally finished writing last night so I had to make some editorial decisions myself on what to include and what not to include.

That was a great experience of having a full plate though. I’ve never felt more pressured by a deadline but it was a great learning experience and it was a lot of fun.

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