Seeing a Pacers game in Indy
What can I say, this class is everything I expected and so much more. I was given so many opportunities this year, traveled to places I never thought I would go, met inspiring speakers, and made new friends.
Overall, this year was amazing and unforgettable, especially thanks to Ms. Turner, known to us as MT. We were able to do well thanks to all the unseen times she had her classroom open to help us whenever we needed it. MT cares so deeply for our craft journalism and more specifically BJJTV.
Here are three of my favorite memories:
#1. Indy Trip ‘16
Moonshine Burgers, World's Largest Household Items, and JEA/NSPA Nationals. What more can I say?
It was my first real bonding experience outside of the classroom setting, besides Camp ASB with Megan during the summer. I went to Indianapolis with MT and BJJTV members, Ellie Sheer and Emma Jones for the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.
From the drive there, including the stops along the way, to listening to phenomenal speakers, to seeing my first NBA game (Go, Pacers!), it was one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on.
I keep those memories very close to my heart.
We also created a fun video to go along with the trip. You can see it here:
#2. Dylan Drinks Water
Dylan, Dylan, Dylan.. I have known this kid my whole life and he has always been one of the most unique people I ever had the honor to grow up with.
It was a little over a year ago that he told me he was going to start a water drinking YouTube channel. Seeming a bit strange, I was pretty supportive and honestly not too surprised. But a year later when someone had “discovered” his channel and was astounded by his art, it hit me that he would be perfect for our “Not Another Face In the Crowd” segments that are featured on every Friday show.
As cool as it was, it really touched my heart that a kid who hasn’t always been the most popular or understood got to shine for purely being himself. I’m proud to call him my friend.
I've known the Gossage family for a huge part of my life. Our families came together during our lowest points; when we lost my sister to Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and when their son Zac was diagnosed with Cancer. Knowing their story and knowing their hardships, I felt that they have overcame so much and have a story to share with others.
I decided to take a different angle on their story and I’m proud of myself for it. I chose to not only focus on childhood cancer, St. Baldrick's, and Zac's journey, but also throw in what it's like to be the stepmom in this situation.
This is by far the most personal and heartfelt story I produced this year. It was also my first story I did on my own and I’m very proud of it. I think I had to really grow and learn in this class in order to produce a story like this one without another staff member helping me, and I’m so thankful I have made it to this level. Being acknowledged for my hard work really is a special memory to me, and it all came to be with this story.