Hi! My name is Christine Slusser, I worked four semesters out of the state Capitol bureau editing and writing radio stories.
I worked with Missouri Digital News since 2008 and graduated from The Missouri School of Journalism in 2010.
My major is broadcast journalism, with an emphasis in television. Scroll down through all the stories to read my MDN blog.
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Stories by Christine Slusser in 2010 include:
Stories by Christine Slusser in 2009 include:
- 11/10/2009: Radio Story - Person called Sonitrol, who then called police.
- 10/27/2009: Radio Story - The first two weeks of flu season show rapid increases than previous years.
- 10/20/2009: Radio Story - Former superintendents around Missouri and a mother spoke both against and for open enrollment.
- 9/ 8/2009: Radio Story - Missouri's unusually cold and wet weather is wreaking havoc amongst tomato and watermelon plants.
- 9/ 1/2009: Radio Story - Swine flu hits Jefferson City.
- 5/14/2009: Radio Story - The House passed a bill which gives public defenders the right to turn down a trial.
- 5/14/2009: Radio Story - The House adjourned early Thursday, with only 24 hours left in the legislative session.
- 5/14/2009: Newspaper Story - Legislative wrap for Thursday, May 14, 2009
- 5/ 5/2009: Radio Story - Huge chunks of the $365 million stimulus bill were cut Tuesday, but one Senator managed to get his $2 million amendment added.
- 5/ 4/2009: Radio Story - The Missouri House revived a bill Monday with a budget of over $350 million...with some major chunks going to St. Louis.
- 4/29/2009: Radio Story - A bill to protect motorcyclists from police harassment passed through the House and Senate unscathed...almost.
- 4/27/2009: Radio Story - The Missouri Senate laid aside a bill that one Senator says could allow public officials get away with murder.
- 4/21/2009: Radio Story - A bill that one Representative says destroys marriages is on its way to being abolished...as soon as the Governor signs.
- 4/14/2009: Radio Story - A slew of bills from Missouri's House and Senate are trying to protect one thing: your identity. A college student found out the hard way that the state has no law requiring businesses to tell you if hackers break into your account.
- 4/14/2009: Radio Story - Despite a disappointing loss, Missouri Senators welcomed Mizzou's basketball team onto the floor after a surprise visit.
- 4/14/2009: Radio Story - The Mizzou basketball team made a surprising visit to Missouri's Senators in the chamber this week.
- 4/ 7/2009: Radio Story - Identity theft is on the rise, and some are attributing this statistic to Missouri's lax identity theft laws.
- 3/31/2009: Radio Story - An emergency house democratic caucus meeting was held after legislative fingers were pointed at the House Democratic Leader who they say is under an FBI investigation.
- 3/30/2009: Radio Story - Gov. Nixon named eighteen members to his new Automotive Jobs Task Force, which is now in charge of keeping Missouri's automotive industry alive.
- 3/10/2009: Radio Story - An issue sparked by the City Utilities of Springfield, MO lead to a discussion by the state's Senators of the possibility of pumping carbon dioxide into the ground, some witnesses saying it could kill many people.
- 3/ 3/2009: Radio Story - People have the right to pray in school says a Senator who proposed an amendment to Missouri's Constitution.
- 2/24/2009: Radio Story - Missourians are doomed to pay higher electric bills says one state lawmaker.
- 2/17/2009: Radio Story - Missouri is one of only six states that has no law telling people if their personal information has been stolen.
- 2/16/2009: Radio Story - First round approval was given to a house bill that would give teachers the power of knowledge.
- 2/10/2009: Radio Story - Slot machines are what Missouri veterans want. If one bill makes its way to the governor's desk, veterans could hear that
- 2/ 9/2009: Radio Story - A state Representative says a house bill that would protect homosexuals from discrimination is pointless because that protection is already promised by the state.
- 2/ 3/2009: Radio Story - Officials say an upgraded public communication system could save lives.
- 2/ 2/2009: Radio Story - A two hour filibuster kills an effort for a technological advance in Missouri's State Senate.
- 1/27/2009: Radio Story - Witnesses at a House bill hearing made it clear they want to expand their businesses.
- 1/27/2009: Radio Story - Missouri's Governor wants to cut more than 1300 governmental jobs by July 1.
- 1/27/2009: Radio Story - The Governor addressed a federal stimulus package in a single sentence at his State of the State address.
- 1/26/2009: Radio Story - Missouri's House firmly voted down a pay raise for elected officials.
- 1/20/2009: Radio Story - Speakers for a Senate Transportation Seminar says Missouri's system which keeps the poor poor will not vanish anytime soon.
Stories by Christine Slusser in 2008 include:
Christine Slusser's Blog in 2010
Dear state Capitol,
This will be my last blog post I write to you. I have had an amazing four semesters writing and editing radio stories for you. I've learned a lot - but that's probably because I had the best editor in the world. I'm sure you've heard his loud voice echoing through your halls. Here, let me show you a picture of him:
Phill Brooks is his name, two "L's". He romps around the Capitol training journalists and taking names. He will turn your weak writing into sensational headlines. He will train you to ask legislators the right questions and get the story done - right. While his red pen is quite scary when it's tearing up your story, it's his way of teaching you to be a better journalist.
So, adieu state Capitol. May the echo of my heels resonate through your halls at least one more time after this.
After wading through some awful journalism comics...I found one that made me chuckle...
See you around - you'll be here a lot longer than I will.
Do you understand what I mean when I say S-T-D?
The headline refers to a little assignment my editor had me do. I walked around the halls of the state Capitol and asked, "Do you understand what I mean when I say S-T-D?" Literally. To seven different older to elderly people.
The reason for the assignment was to see if I could use the acronym for sexually transmitted diseases. I needed to know if the population would understand what I meant if I shortened it. It saved me two whole seconds on my story...that's huge in radio.
The reason I needed to know is because I covered a report on gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Yes, you read that correctly.
So, what's this all about?
The House Health Care Committee heard a bill today that would allow a physician to treat both patients with STDs even if only one is present.
The bill? HB 1375.
The "big deal"? Many times patients are too embarrassed to come with their partner...this way both can get treated and the disease can be alleviated much faster.
In all seriousness, however, an STD is no laughing matter. It is highly contagious and if one partner has it - the other probably does, too.
To read my radio story on the matter, click here.
It's that time of year again...time for the legislative session! Saddle up your horses - it's going to be a bumpy ride full of long nights, filibusters and frozen dinners.
I hope you've grabbed your stirrups.
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