Mira Lowe works at CNN. She is the senior editor for feature stories. She specializes in entertainment, health, travel, technology and living segments.
Lowe led the class like an expert. She managed to connect with the students since the moment she first talked. Lowe started the class after a quick introduction section. She began by discussing her different projects.
The first project that she presented was called A Devastating Diagnosis, by Stephanie Smith. The story talked about San Halperin, a 64-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer. Lowe explained the amount of time it took for Stephanie to create a relationship with Sandy, in order to be able to write his story. “The best way to create a story is by building trust with the sources,” Lowe said.
She also talked about ATL 24. Even though we had previously gone over it in a class exercise, the lecture with Mira Lowe regarding ATL 24 went even further that what we had ever talked about. I was really amazed to know that Twitter actually promoted the event and created a blog post for it. I also enjoyed discussing the different challenges that Lowe and her team faced. The first of many challenges was the fact that the project was done months before Thanksgiving, but it debuted on Thanksgiving Day. Furthermore, the CNN team had to make it seem as if the project was done that day by updating statistics that could have changed in time.
One of the most interesting parts of the class was when Lowe began talking about the relationship between videos and articles. Before Wednesday, I would’ve thought that a video was supposed to go with an article, and the other way around. After listening to Lowe, I was shocked to know that it’s not meant to be like that. “A video should be able to stand by its own,” Lowe said. “Each piece should be able to live by themselves and tell their own story.”
After the lecture it was evident that Lowe knew what she was doing with her life. Hopefully, after some amazing advice and a spectacular lecture from her, we future journalists will learn to do the same.