A Family Tradition
by Grace Bryson, Megan Duncan,
McKenzie Whelan, and Allison Meyer
When we first heard that the theme for the MIPA Broadcast Story Challenge was tradition, we knew that we wanted to cover something that would connect with many people in our area, as well as a lot of the people in rural areas of Missouri. We knew that covering a family farm was the story for us and this competition.
We contacted a family who raises hogs and sells them for market, as well as raising crops. We reached out to the Deppe family, who have had their farm since the 1950s. We felt this family farm would be perfect for us to cover because they would be able to tell us a lot about their history.
We were able to interview two family members, Cole and his mom, Nicole. We were able to get great soundbites from the both of them, as they had so much to share about their experiences on the farm and what it means to them. They also talked about the responsibilities that they have on the farm. In their interviews, you can tell how passionate they are about agriculture and what they do.
After we interviewed them, we were able to film b-roll of them doing their everyday jobs around the farm. We were able to see many of the hogs and get great shots of them. We were stunned at how large their operation is and how they have swine of all life stages there. There were not only the adult hogs, but baby pigs that made for great b-roll shots.
It was a lot of fun for us to see how the whole family comes together in order to get the job done. We also were able to spend time with the baby pigs and really get a feel for what it is like to be on a farm.
When it came time to write the script and edit the story, we knew that it was important to include the history and traditions that have been passed down that make the farm special to them. We feel that the finished product reflects those goals.
We hope that this story will inspire people to cherish the traditions that they have within their own families and find a new respect for family farms.