by Jared and Haley
We chose to cover “Chronic Absenteeism” because it is an ongoing issue that no one seems to want to talk about. We both know people who constantly skip class, and yet no one really discusses how this is a problem not only locally, but nationally.
When we first started planning the story, we knew we’d have to interview Mr. Joe Dierks. He often deals with kids who skip class. He was very insightful. We also asked students who have had attendance issues if they would be willing to talk about the problem. Two students stepped up and said they'd be interviewed. After that, we went to Four Rivers Career Center. Mr. Andy Robinson was an excellent source. He stressed the importance of attendance, especially in classes that are project-based and teach trade skills.
After all the interviews, we had to slate and log the footage to help us decide which soundbites we would use and which ones we would omit from the story. Then, we took what we had and started editing.
However, we ran into a problem. We had a huge lack of b-roll. So, over the next few days we filmed students in classes, walking in the halls, and in the library. The b-roll finally came together. It meshed well with the interviews and the topic.
The story was fun to produce even though it is a serious topic. We felt like we were finally bringing attention to an important issue that parents, teachers, students, and administration deal with too often. In the end, the answer seems pretty simple. Come to school.