CU-CitizenAccess Coverage Reflection

Once our group decided we wanted our CU-CitizenAccess coverage to feature the benefits and challenges of senior citizens owning pets, we knew our coverage would highlight great emotional depth within an issue that senior citizens would be interested in.

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A dog trains with his owner at the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday.

The opportunity not only gave us the chance to understand how much a four-legged companion could benefit the elderly, but it also gave us a feel on how it is to work together as a group and create a project that we each could be proud of. We focused our reporting on answering this key question: What are the advantages and disadvantages to senior citizens owning and caring for a pet?

Ultimately, there were some obstacles that we had to face during the course of completing our project. We knew it was essential to have a senior citizen(s) as the personal voice for the story, which proved difficult to find. But in the end, after many calls, we found Bob and Emily Lewis, and it was all worth it.

Overall, it was a great experience reporting on such an emotional, impactful topic. Especially for the first video with Bob and Emily Lewis, many of the sources had wonderful stories to share that really brought to life the issues and personal comfort senior citizens can take with their animals. With our second video, we hoped to then show viewers how they too can get involved and pick out a pet of their own.

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