Here’s an update containing a story I completed for Centretown News in my stint as a community print reporter last semester. I meant to post it over the holiday, but you know how the holidays are! I found that I personally planned way too much homework for myself, when what I really needed was rest, so I’m posting the link now.
I have to give credit for this story idea to my dear prof Randy Boswell, currently a writer for Postmedia News, who assigned me this story. I was totally fascinated by all that I learned about the world of paleontology in the process!
WHAT I LEARNED
Let’s get one thing straight right away. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a science person. So needless to say when I got this assignment, I was a little intimidated. However, this story above all others in my career thus far has taught me the importance of a truly sacred journalistic phrase…
“Can you explain that?”
When it comes to dinosaurs and scientific discoveries, timelines and terms can get confusing. Instead of making a mistake, I double-checked when I wasn’t sure– even if it meant harassing my sources just a little bit ;).
In the course of this story I also learned the importance of being in close contact with the Museum of Nature’s media relations rep. THANKS DAN SMYTHE for answering all my calls!
Read and Enjoy!