Today was D-Day for college decision making! All of our reporters officially committed to colleges today! (No one is going to Mizzou, even though we pushed it.) On top of that, prom was successful! It was boring, and they didn't stay the whole time, which is exactly how prom is supposed to be.
Today we presented the team with a new schedule to get all of our stories done by the end of the month. I think everyone feels a lot better with this schedule, except for Kelsey and Michaela, because now we have to produce via Skype instead of being in the same room. But it's cool. We think the extended timeline is going to give us much better results.
Today we talked about (and wrote) anchor intros and leads to all of our stories. They're all coming together REALLY well, and we're super impressed with their drive and creativity. We also listened to a This American Life piece about college admissions, because it was funny and because that's what they're thinking about and because that's what Jett's writing about. We still can't believe it's May. We, the advisors, are thinking that maybe next semester we work with seniors in the fall and juniors in the spring because this project has been a LOT for them with college and prom and AP tests, etc. Throughout this whole semester, though, we've felt nothing but awe toward the reporters. Michele said she works on Making Waves when she's procrastinating doing other stuff because she really likes it, which made us happy.
For the next three weeks we're just interviewing and script writing! Writing conversationally is something they're struggling with a little bit, but they're doing a great job of working on simplifying their stories. It's especially hard when they're so used to only writing academic papers.
Next week we'll try to get a picture of all of them wearing gear from their respective colleges!