ARLINGTON (WUSA9) Boston Strong. That was the phrase written on Frank Fumich's shirt when WUSA9 reporter Mola Lenghi and I interviewed the marathon runner in his home gym.
Fumich has run over 50+ marathons including Iron Mans, desert races, and mountain climbing. His motive is to run for a cause.
Right after the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, Fumich started a campaign to raise money for the victims. They donations poured in and eventually totaled over $30,000.
Fumich is now determined to run the 2014 Boston Marathon but there are not open slots because of how quickly they've filled up. He was qualified for the 2015 run, but he still has hopes to enter the 2014 run.
It was inspiring to see his home gym walls covered in awards and ribbons from former runs. His determination and motivation really made a person understand the passion and purpose of running for a cause.
Doing this story in particular was special because it was a "one man band" story. There was no photographer/camera person. The whole story was shot, edited, and written by the reporter, (with my help of course!) Doing stories alone and making it our own is more challenging, but allows us to have a more personal tie with the story and connecting with the person being featured...or maybe I'm just saying that because it one man banding is a challenge and it's always a great feeling to see the end product of the challenge one takes on.
When we got back to the station, I learned more editing and writing skills that we incorporated in the news package. It's almost mind boggling how many hours go into a 90 second news piece. The hardest part is cutting the piece down to 90 seconds. That is the ultimate challenge of every journalist. Every second counts and there is almost always so much more we want to contribute to the story.
My biggest challenge is always keeping the story concise and within the time frame. There is a quote by a mathematician, Blaise Pascal, that describes this feeling perfectly, "I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."
Hopefully, I will get better in tackling this challenge soon.