It was really difficult for me to narrow it down to just three of my favorite stories, but I think these stories deserve the spotlight not only because of how they have touched me, but others as well.
Does the Court Know Best?
Looking back, I have always been surprised by the amount of emotion that each person who trusted us to tell their side of the story showed. It takes bravery to sit in front of an intimidating camera as it is, but spilling out some serious personal details about your family life takes it to a new level.
From interviews to b-roll and natural sound, this story impressed me beyond my naive sophomore assumptions of what BJJTV was all about. It will always remain one of my favorites, and I choose to brag on it a little whenever anyone asks to see my work.
Operation Christmas Child
The wonderful Brenda Bailey was more than eager to meet with me and explain what Operation Christmas Child was all about. This story focused around the service that Operation Christmas Child provides by gifting children all over the world boxes filled with hygiene items, toys, books, etc. These boxes go to children that wouldn't necessarily receive gifts on Christmas morning.
I was really happy with how this story turned out and I learned so much valuable information that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else.
My favorite part about being assigned to this story was the impact that it had on me. It inspired me to help out, too. Brenda hooked me up with all of the information and tools I needed to get started packing a couple of boxes on my own. I had a great time picking out things for the kids and knowing that a couple of hours of time would result in their immeasurable happiness. The fact that producing this story propelled me into action makes this story one of my best.
The Little Free Library Movement Comes to Washington
We interviewed the lady who started it all, Dawn Kitchell. We had some serious technical difficulties and Dawn was an angel when it came to patience. The interview process was a total nightmare, but I will always cherish the lessons that it taught me. Dawn attended journalism school and shared with us a story that would change the way I interview for the rest of my career. She calmly recounted a time she also had trouble with an interview, as well as what she learned from it. It helped me learn to keep a mental checklist during the interview process. I will always appreciate her for calmly teaching me something that day!
After we tackled the interview and struggled a lot, I had a lot of fun getting creative b-roll shots with my sister. We found out there are several of them located around Washington that we didn’t know about. We had a great time scouting them out for b-roll.
Although this story makes me so happy for a number of reasons, the main reason has to be the tie of Kitchell’s love of reading with her new locally-owned bookstore. Shortly after we finished the story, I heard news of her plans to open her very own bookstore in downtown Washington called Neighborhood Reads. So far, Kitchell has created such an amazing attraction and has a calendar full of events in her bookstore for people of all ages. I love that what started as a love for reading turned into such an amazing local business and that is what makes this story one of my faves!
As I spend my last few days in room 1311, I am really satisfied with the work and awards that I am leaving behind. I hope that for years to come people will stumble across any one of my pieces and find something to like about it or they will learn from it.
I can’t believe that it’s over, but I am so happy to see what next year’s staff produces. I learned everything I know from watching the older kids on staff and MT. Their work and advice set me up for success. If sophomore me would have been able to watch some of the stories I would produce in the future, I know she would be beyond excited and fulfilled.
With that being said, this will be my last blog. I can’t believe it has come to an end, but I’m happy to end on such a positive note with a class I love.
Thank you for all of the memories.