1) Slug: Girls tennis team makes state
2) Section of newspaper story would appear (no Op-Ed): Sports
3) What are the most dominant news elements in the story? Explain in-depth:
Proximity. Again, this event is happening in our own school, to known students. Students are bound to be attracted to events happening to people they know.
Timeliness. This is happening now, and is going to make a better story then something that happened a week ago because of that.
4) In a few sentences, describe what the story will be about: This peice would be extremely similiar to the peice on the girls soccer team making state. It will interview the coaches and key players on the team, and cover what they hope to accomplish during state.
5) Specifically, who will you interview or contact? Why those people?
Any and all coaches (unamed) of the girls tennis team, to talk about their different techniques for motivating his players, his hopes for state, and to obtain contact information for key players on the team. I will locate the names of various coaches via the school directory.
Any key players would have to be interviewed, in order to get their perspective on nearly everything, from plays to scheduling to general ideas about the tournament itself. The players are as of yet unamed, however, I would obtain ideas about which players to interview from the aforementioned coaches.
A coach and/or from the opposing team, to see if he/they believe Edina will be any threat, why or why not, and what players they are keeping an eye on.
6) What information do you need to gather before you begin interviews?
Contact information for potential interviewees, a rough draft involving potential interview questions, and time when each interviewee would be available.
7) What questions do you definitely need answered in your interviews? Why?
What do you hope to accomplish during state? What pushed your players to become good enough this year? Do you think you can do it again? What do you think of your chances? All of these questions give readers insight into each interviewee's thought process, and depending on their responses can inspire hope or gloom. Either way, their definately questions worth asking.
8) What photo opportunities are available to go alongside this story (give names, places, times, etc.)?
9) Who should a photographer contact to set up photographs?
10) What concerns or problems do you foresee in getting this story together?
Their is always the possibility that I will be unable to get a hold of someone, or someone will not talk to me for his or her own reason.
11) Other information?
There may be a section for random quotes from some of the players, words of encouragment from friends and family, or some such thing.