Student Journalists Sound Off, Episode #2 (Target: Happy TV Couples)

What would the world — or at least college students — be better off without? What is confusing, worrying and frustrating the heck out of a vast majority or a vocal minority of undergrads? And what are students finding evermore evil, weird or dumb and dumber by the day?

In separate op-eds and articles published within campus media worldwide, students regularly offer a bevy of suggestions on “unnecessary traditions, ideas and institutions” that should be scrapped, significantly changed or scrutinized with much greater skepticism.

Simply put, from time to time, student journalists sound off — angrily, bitterly, sarcastically and judiciously. This lighthearted CMM series is aimed at amplifying their voices — offering one extra platform and promotional push for frustrations deemed especially fascinating, funny or on point.

1Read closely. Whether you agree with them or not, rants can often be remixed or spun off into excellent news stories.

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Episode #2

Happy TV Couples

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Last semester, Cassie-lee Grimaldi at Syracuse University spoke out against “shows that rely too heavily on conspicuous couplings.” It is a trend she said is being increasingly portrayed on network hits including “The Mindy Project,” “New Girl” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

According to the television, radio and film major — a recent SU grad — the decision to bring the “will they, won’t they” featured couples on such shows together ruins the suspense and overall viewer experience. According to a column by Grimaldi for The Daily Orange, “No matter how much you root for your favorite couple, they can’t get together or your beloved show will die.”

As she argues, “Once the main couple of the show gets together, chemistry disappears, the couple drags down the show until it’s in the boring, slow territory. … As much as I love romance, the joy television audiences find in love are its build-ups and breakdowns. Happy couples usually aren’t the source of problems and conflicts that keep shows interesting. If shows are to rely on romance to drive the plot, most shows become predictable and unwatchable.”

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