This year, I was assigned my second backpack story. I chose to cover this interesting family that I've grown closer to this year. The Alsops are honestly the most artistically-inclined family I have ever met. Because I am an artist myself, I just knew I had to produce a story about them.
This story is ranked #1 to me for a few different reasons. My first reason is because I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this story. I experimented with shots I have never done before, such as pan shots. I was careful to frame every shot as artistically as possible, and I made sure to get plenty of footage. The second reason I am proud of this story is because the layout of it flowed together perfectly. Although I had a lot to cover, I was able to do it in a way where my story wasn't redundant or overdone.
Last year was my first year as a Blue Jay Journal TV staff member. I was assigned a topic about ending the use of the word "retarded." I am rating this story #2 because I am proud of how powerful this story turned out. We interviewed a man with Down Syndrome named Kevin Kitchell. He gave a very touching interview. This story aims for the heart more than any other story I've ever worked on. It actually ended up getting 3rd place in the National Scholastic Press Association's Broadcast Feature Story of the Year. I was still a newbie when I worked on this story with my partners, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.
For the first backpack story I was ever assigned, I wanted to cover Temco. Temco is a sheltered workshop for the mentally handicapped that I work at. I am choosing this story as my third best because it holds sentimental value for me. Temco was my first job, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone to produce this story, because it was the first time I've ever worked on a story completely on my own.
Good storytelling wasn't the only thing Blue Jay Journal TV has taught me. Being a part of this team has taught me to step out of my comfort zone, be a leader, and be a good teammate. Ten years from now, I will still cherish my high school memories, and Blue Jay Journal TV will be one of the first that pops in my mind.
Thank you Ms. Turner for all you have taught me, and thank you Washington High School for a great four years.
Goodbye, it's been wonderful;