A National Epidemic
by Emma P-S, Megan, Brennan, and Megan
When we were placed together on an MIPA Broadcast Feature Challenge team, the anticipation of what our topic would be was worth it! Every team member was very interested in the contest topic we were given, vaping.
We all agreed that our school and community should be more informed about vaping and Juuling, especially since the FDA had declared it a "national epidemic." The biggest challenge we had was showing our audience this is a true national issue, not just a local one. That problem was quickly solved thanks to the fact that team member Emma Piar-Shaw was on her way to Chicago for the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention. This story is unique compared to all our other stories because Emma took equipment with her to Chicago and interviewed a number of people from around the country, rather than just people from Missouri.
We also had the opportunity to interview Dr. Ayers, which was a great experience. His insight really helped drive home all the unanswered questions. Many of the health problems caused by vaping may not even be fully known until years from now.
After collecting all the interviews, we went through the paperwork process. Slating and logging went smoothly. We did have some trouble writing our script because we had so many great soundbites from the interviewees. We re-watched the story many times as it took shape to make sure we had used the best clips.
Editing also went smoothly, however, we had a bit of trouble getting enough b-roll. Thankfully, we had several WHS Alumni who are legal adults, a parent, and our SRO all work with us to overcome our b-roll problems.
We are all very proud of our finished story and had a lot of fun working on it. We hope this brings awareness to the vaping epidemic in our community. On another note, we just found out that this story tied for First Place in the MIPA Broadcast Feature Challenge. We are excited that the judge noticed and appreciated our hard work.