Listen to a conversation between a Student and the faculty Advisor of the campus newspaper.
Hi! I talked to someone on the phone a couple of weeks ago, Anna, I think it was?
I'm Anna, the faculty Advisor.
Oh, great! I'm Peter Murphy. You probably don't remember me, but...
No! No! I remember you.
You were interested in working for the paper.
Yeah, as a reporter.
That's right. You're taking a journalism class and you've done some reporting before in high school, right?
Wow, you have a good memory.
Well we haven't had many students applying lately.
So... so anyway, you still want to do some reporting for us?
Yeah, if you have room for me on the staff.
Well we always need more reporters, but you know, we don't pay anything, right?
Yeah, I know, but I huh... I'd like the experience.
It would look good on my resume.
Absolutely! Let's see.
I think I told you that we ask prospective reporters to turn in some outlines for possible articles.
Yeah, I sent them in about a week ago, but I haven't heard anything back yet, so, so I thought I'd stop by and see, but I guess you haven't looked at them yet.
Oh, Max, the news editor. He looks at all the submissions.
Oh, so he hasn't made any decision about me yet?
Well I just got here a few minutes ago... haven't been in for a couple of days.
Just give me a second to check my e-mail.
Uh... here is a message from Max. Let' s see.
Well it seems you've really impressed him.
He says it would be wonderful if you could join our staff.
Oh, great! When can I start?
Well, you turned in an outline on something to do with the physics department?
Yeah, they're trying to come up with ways to get more students to take their introductory courses.
Right, well, apparently, nobody else is covering that story, so he wants you to follow up on it.
OK. Uh... what about the other outline I sent in, about the proposed increase in tuition fees?
Oh, it looks like we've got that covered.
So I am starting with an article about the physics department.
I guess I'd better get to work.
Do you have any advice on how I should cover the story?
Well, Max will want to talk to you but I am sure he will tell you to find out things like why the physics department's worried about enrollment.
Has the number of Students been getting smaller in recent years? By how much?
What kinds of plans are they considering to address this problem?
Right, some of those issues are already in what I proposed.
And you'll want to do some interviews, you know, what do the Professors think of the plans, what do the students think you get the idea but...
But wait till I talk to Max before proceeding.
Right, he'll cover everything you need to know to be a reporter for us.
Can you come back this afternoon? He will be here until 5 o'clock.