Talk:Wikinews finds citizens' feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly

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  • Interviewee #1, Claudie A., 24, of Longview, Texas on August 17, 2012 @ 4:53pm CDT

Asked her about West Nile threat...... A: "You know we had a [related] death in Longview today, right? It's terrifying. I'm so scared." Q: I understand. Have you changed anything about your routines? A: "I don't go outside. I stay indoors. West Nile [virus] is bad."

  • Interviewee #2, (anonymous --- reviewer, I can send initials, and age if needed....I really need to keep home city confidential, sorry- - - --just contact me off-wiki if you need that stuff) on August 18, 2012 @ 11:24am

Director of nursing for a large encampment east of Dallas, encampment served about 19,000 campers this summer alone....interview conducted on final day of camp for this summer. According to interviewee, hers is one of the top 5 encampments of it's type in the U.S.

Q: Has your camp had any cases of West Nile virus this summer? A: "No."

Q: Have you guys taken an special precautions with campers/staff? A: "No."

  • Interviewee #3, Jimmy Philmont, 39, of Fairfield, Texas (phone interview) on August 18, 2012 @ 9:16pm CDT

Q: What are you thoughts about West Nile? A: "I'm a little bit worried to be honest. I watch my kids more now. We spray them down with bug spray before they set foot outside. I mean, I don't let it keep me up at night. Overall, I'm not too scared." Q: Are you aware of the deaths in Texas? A: "Yeah, I am. That's kind of scary. But, you have to live your life, you know? The world is hot now. You can't go hide in a hole somewhere."

  • Interviewee #4, Mark Kitsmore, 54, of Tyler, Texas (phone interview) on August 19, 2012 @ 2:44pm CDT

Q:Are you worried about West Nile? A: "Honestly, I'm not too worried about it. I've probably used a little more bug spray over the past few weeks, though. (laughs)"


Thought about adding this >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

into the article, but it seemed a bit dated.....wonderfully old-school, eh? --Bddpaux (talk) 13:31, 20 August 2012 (UTC)Reply


I need to meditate on this (if I can get my brain up to speed), but on first consideration it seems the interview angle of this article is crucial in its bid for newsworthiness, and therefore the headline needs to somehow integrate that angle. My sense is, how well we pitch this can make a huge difference in how well it works. --Pi zero (talk) 22:31, 20 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

I feel you.....and, essentially, I tried to show that, geographically speaking, different people in different parts of the state had differing opinions/actions amidst the situation, know what I'm shooting for? Now, one needs to PUNCH THAT VERY HARD, and I tried to do that. But people say what they say, and after all, I am a civic journalist, so my digging/prodding/probing skills may be a bit narrow. --Bddpaux (talk) 00:15, 21 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

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Note User talk:Bddpaux#Citizens' feelings, actions throughout Texas regarding West Nile virus threat vary greatly. --Pi zero (talk) 23:28, 25 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

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