To look back on my BJJTV career, I have ranked my top three favorite stories or PSAs!
This PSA was produced by Jaden Heien, Molly Eckelkamp, Jared Lopez, and myself. I love this piece because it shows a different perspective of the overdose epidemic. When people see a news article about another overdose, they do not realize how many family and friends are affected by the death of their loved one. This PSA shows how children are affected by the death of their loved ones by showing them in a graveyard. I like the eeriness of this piece, but also the seriousness. We also found out this PSA was an award-winner with the MIPA Broadcast PSA Challenge contest this year.
Alec is a local boy who was diagnosed with cancer and is, unfortunately, still fighting. I love this story because it shows how the cancer diagnosis affected his entire family. Their faith and love for one another gets them through this difficult situation. I love how this story shows the emotion from Alec’s mother and her advice for anyone going through the same situation she is in. This story is definitely one of my favorites!
I absolutely loved producing this story along with Molly Eckelkamp and Tess Marquart. The Angel of Hope is a memorial located in Washington for parents who lost a child. If a child has passed, they can put a brick by the angel statue in their honor. A candlelit vigil is held every year for these parents and other loved ones to honor their children and celebrate their life.
I love so many things about this piece. I love the rawness and the emotion. I love the interviewees and the stories they shared about the memorial. I loved how the memorial connected with our school because a class decided to raise money to purchase bricks for local children who lost their lives too soon. I just love everything about it.
We all enjoyed producing this story together and I hope everyone who watches enjoys it as well!
As my time as a Blue Jay Journal TV staffer comes to a close, I am grateful for the opportunities this class has exposed me to. I liked meeting new people in the community and learning about their life stories.
This class has taught me responsibility above all. I learned to meet set deadlines and manage my time to make sure those deadlines were met.
I also liked getting to know my fellow staffers and watching their work. Everyone in this class is capable of doing anything they set their mind to, and I will miss them all dearly.
Overall, Blue Jay Journal TV has been a huge part of my high school career and I wouldn’t change it for the world.