Wimpy's is a Local Tradition
by Claire Ayers, Kate Freitag, and Zach Batson
Who doesn't love a good burger? We know we do, but we have to admit that fast food chains can get pretty predictable. That's why we decided to tell the story of a unique landmark in Washington that provides an excellent burger: Wimpy's!
We called the number listed online, and asked if we could set up an interview. Once we had the interview scheduled, we were on the way to producing a unique story.
We made our way to Wimpy’s on the day of the interview. Upon our arrival, we were instantly welcomed by the owner, Shelly. She gave a great interview with so many soundbites, it’s sad to say we couldn’t use it all.
From there, we got b-roll of the outside and inside of the building. Once we were done, Shelly had offered us all to try the famous: Wimpy’s Cheeseburger. Boy, oh boy, it was delicious. (There could have been a few other items thrown in, too. Can you say, GRILLED CHEESE?)
Originally, we thought we'd go to several local burger establishments, but after some sage advice from Ms. Tuner, we decided to make the main focus of the story Wimpy’s. After all, in our journalism textbook in Intro to Mass Media, the author does say to zone in and have one main focus!
Now that we were set on Wimpy's, we knew we needed more. It was time to interview some regular customers. Luckily Chad, Marilyn, and Ryan were up for it. After getting some great soundbites from those three, we were set to slate and log our footage to decide what to use in our final story.
Once it was time to write the script, it pretty much fell into place, but it was hard to decide what we wanted to include out of all of the information we had gotten. There was so much to choose from!
Once Ms. Turner approved our script, we were set to edit. The editing process was simple due to the fact we got all our b-roll ahead of time. We did need to go back to Wimpy’s and grab a few extra shots of the customers, as well as film Claire’s stand-ups.
This story fell into place and really helps showcase an amazing local restaurant that some people may take for granted. We hope you enjoyed learning more about this historic gem in Washington, Missouri. Go give Wimpy’s a try!