Augusta and Marthasville Elementary
Schools Start Journalism Clubs
This has been, by far, one of my favorite stories I've ever done. It was my backpack story for this year and I'm so proud of how it turned out. I had so much fun meeting all these wonderfully talented young girls and witness their enthusiasm about journalism.
As soon as we started a new round, I was looking on the topic sheet and the journalism clubs at Marthasville and Augusta elementary schools immediately caught my eye. As someone with a passion for journalism, it made me happy to see kids starting so young on something so important.
I started on it right away. I contacted the adviser, Beth Turner, to set up a time for me to come over there and talk to the kids. Unfortunately for me, the only times they met was at 7:20 in the morning. That's almost a full hour before our school day officially starts at WHS. I also live in Washington, so I had to get up early and drive all the way across the river to meet them (the things you do for journalism, right?).
The kids started coming in for their meeting and their energy was amazing. They reviewed their broadcast and got right to work. I got amazing b-roll shots and had the pleasure of interviewing all of them. Finally, I interviewed Beth and she gave some very insightful information.
Putting the script together was a piece of cake. I had so many different interviews and they all said great stuff. The editing process was also easy, except for some audio issues. Those were easily fixable though.
Overall, the story was so much fun to produce. I got to meet some great kids and got to see first hand the amazing effects that journalism has on kids. I hope you enjoy this story!