Bootheel Bound

At this moment, I’m some combination of excited and stressed about the upcoming field reporting trip. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since the beginning of the semester. Even earlier than that, I was interested in, what is happening now in the Mississippi County following the flooding this spring.

I hope to come out of this experience with a compelling and informative story about the communities living in the aftermath of the flood. What are their plans for the future? How has the flooding changed their life either directly or indirectly?

I have done some field reporting before. It is this past experience that is causing some of the stress right now. I expect to return from this trip with little sleep and more story ideas than I can possibly pursue. With a little luck, I will be able to flesh out a few of those ideas.

Benjamin Zack


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