The legal system… it’s a loaded and complex topic to fully
and correctly understand in the first place. But reporting on the subject
matter, amps the complexity to a whole new level. This was by far the most
difficult story I have ever covered. From nailing down the right story angle,
to fact checking, to filming interesting “b-roll footage,” I continuously tried to wrap my brain around how
it would all come together.
The story angle changed directions multiple times. At first
I planned to discuss the existence of strange laws across the US. But that’s been done... over and over again. From there it morphed
into why strange laws are still on the books, before it eventually became the
story it is now. Fact checking had much to do with the development of this
story. Initially, I was overwhelmed with all of these “strange,” “stupid”, and
“dumb” laws listed on the Internet. But as I investigated these laws in more
depth, I realized several of them weren’t that strange after all. In fact, many of the “strange” laws found on
websites like dumblaws.com, are not the
same as laws found on the books. VWAH-LAH! I had a story.
But there was still the daunting task to find
compelling “b-roll footage.” The undertaking honestly felt like a wild goose
chase, resulting in no goose. Journalists work to tell a visual story in
their news packages.
The ultimate visual goal is to find footage that goes hand in hand with the
story topic. Like showing a cop when you mention law enforcement officials,
etc. But it’s easier said than done. When you think of the law you think of a
courthouse, law books, and even a courtroom. But these topics are only so
interesting to film. Let alone watch
as a viewer. In fact, they are well… boring. Yes, B-O-R-I-N-G. So therein lies
the challenge, to create something new, interesting,
and different. A challenge only attained
through creativity and good ole fashion hard work.
Meagan Priselac is Coca-Cola Journey's first student contributor and a fourth-year student at the University of
Georgia where she is majoring in Digital & Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Geography. Though Priselac is a South Carolina
transplant, she still calls the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
home. Upon graduation, Priselac plans on following her passion for
videography, photography, and reporting into a broadcast journalism