If you could have covered any story — local or national, hard news or feature — in 2012, which would it be and why?
Ray: I would have covered Felix Baumgartner’s amazing leap from 24 miles up in the air. I have so many questions I want to ask him. Was it fun falling at such a great speed (834 mph), or was he too worried? What did he do to prepare himself mentally before his feat? What did it feel like to travel faster than the speed of sound? What’s his next stunt going to be; how will he top this one?
Melissa: I would have loved to cover any story dealing with Scotty McCreery as I greatly admire him both as a country singer and as a person. I admire his humble attitude toward all his fans and supporters as well as his acknowledgement that all the success he has experienced is because of God. McCreery has not been ashamed of his faith and in fact he has made it clear that he values his faith in God. He continues to be involved with Operation Christmas Child, which is a christian organization. I would have been honored to have the privilege to cover a story about him!
Haley: If I could have covered any story of 2012, it would have been a profile of Missy Franklin or a profile of the US swim team. I have been a swimmer since I was eight years old, so naturally I dream of meeting our nation’s swimming superstars. Ideally, a profile of the US swim team would have given me the opportunity to meet and talk with various members of the team, including Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Rebecca Soni, while in London. If I had to choose only one swimmer to do a profile on, I would have chosen Missy Franklin. Known for her smile and always happy persona, Franklin has chosen not to accept endorsements in order to finish out her high school swimming career and maintain an amateur status in college. In addition to Franklin’s talent, I truly admire her loyalty, modesty, and down-to-earth personality.
Maddie: I know it’s usually the job of the family to write the obituary, and I also know that someone dying (unless they were famous, or there is a crime involved) is usually not a “news” story, but something I wish I could have done is help write my friend Emily’s obituary. Dwelling on death is something I do well ( I still haven’t gotten over my cat dying on my birthday when I was ten), but writing is something that often helps give me closure. If I could have helped with the obituary, I could have much more easily forgotten and moved on– then again, sometimes the best thing is not to forget, but rather to remember.
Kiah: After reading this, I knew that I wanted to say something with the election. However, after some many months of Romney this, or Obama that, the once special event quickly becomes over publicized and seems to be the only source of news available for months. I love politics and was extremely excited for election day. If I were to cover one election event, I would have liked to sit in on the presidential debates as an analyst.