Reporter’s Notes - Final Article for Journalistic Inquiry
The most interviewing and reporting that I’ve done since I’ve started college (I’ve always been a Journalism major) has been for Inquiry and in particular for my final article.
My article was about the “Zipper Building,” a new building that is a part of the NYU 2031 Expansion Plan (along with another building, the “Boomerang,” to be placed in Washington Square Village), but that wasn’t my angle. My angle was on the plan to demolish NYU’s beloved and legendary core of NYU Athletics and Recreation, Coles Sports Center, in order for the Zipper to be built in its place. This then brought up questions of a new gym in the building, a temporary gym, and the construction’s effects on the NYU Athletic Department, student and full-time employees, the plethora of gym members, and most importantly, the sports teams that practice and play there.
The interviews, as reluctant as I was to do them, went really well. I interviewed people from both sides of the issue, which is the NYU side and the NYU Athletics and Recreation side. For the former, my best source was the developer of the NYU 2031 plan himself. For the latter, I interviewed key people in the Athletic Department, coaches and members of sports teams, student employees, and loyal Coles gym members.
Working on my final article really strengthened my interviewing and reporting skills (well actually, the entire semester of Inquiry with all those articles did too). I feel that I’ve greatly improved as a journalist because of this class, with this article in particular really challenging me.