You are the 6pm
nightly news producer of a television station in Troy, AL. THIS IS NOT TROJAN VISION NEWS! You are charged to stack tonight’s newscast
in order of importance. Your news staff
has shot and edited 10 news stories today (see the stories below). However, you have an extremely aggressive
sales department that has oversold this newscast. You will only be able to use seven of the
stories listed below for tonight’s newscast at 6:00.
is to tell me (on a typed sheet of paper) with which story (it can only be one)
that you plan to lead the newscast…with which story (it can only be one) that
you plan to end the newscast (the kicker story)…and which three stories you
plan to eliminate. You must explain why
you are leading with that particular story…why you are using that particular
story for your kicker…and why you are eliminating the three stories. In addition, you must stack the rest of the
newscast and tell me why you are using this particular story as number 2,
number 3, etc.
Governor Robert Bentley and
Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby are killed in an airplane crash. They were traveling to Troy University to
attend a baseball game. You have video
of the wrecked plane and an interview with Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins.
Two Troy University starting
football players are arrested for possession of cocaine. (You have pictures of the players being
arrested by police and an interview with the football coach).
Tickets go on sale today for a
concert of The Eagles who will be performing at Troy University’s football
stadium next month. (You have pictures
of the huge line of people waiting to buy tickets…fans have camped out over
night to get tickets that sell out in one hour.
You have interviews with a fan who got a ticket and a crying fan who
didn’t get one).
Troy Regional Medical Center
announces it will build a 17-million dollar cancer treatment wing so local
patients will not have to travel to larger cities for treatment. (You have pictures of designs of the new
wing…pictures of the medical center and soundbites with a doctor and a local
A mobile home fire in Troy
kills a mother and her two young children.
(You have pictures of the home in flames and interviews with a witness
and fire investigator).
The Domino’s Pizza store in
Troy announces it needs two new drivers to deliver pizzas. (You have video of the pizza store and an
interview with the store manager).
The oldest living resident in
Troy celebrates his 110th birthday today. (You have pictures of his party and an
interview with man on how he has been able to live such a long happy life).
Two Troy University students
are upset because they have been dismissed from school due to failing
grades. They were told they must earn a
2.0 GPA this semester or they will be dismissed. They each earned a 1.55 GPA. (You have pictures of the university…interviews
with the students and a university administrator).
The city of Troy announces
plans to build a 45-million dollar shopping mall, making it the largest mall in
Alabama. (You have pictures of the
designs of the mall and interviews with the mayor and two excited residents).
Three Troy Elementary School
children are suspended from school for three days after they were caught
skipping school to go fishing at the Troy University lagoon. (You have pictures of the boys being picked
up by school authorities and an interview with the principal).