WHS Alumni Nick Dierking's Career Path:
by Jaden, Emma, Jon, and Molly
Unlike most of our stories that we produce throughout the year, MIPA Challenges are different in the sense that we are given a topic to cover instead of choosing from a long list of story ideas.
For this round of the MIPA Journalism Challenge, our topic was based around the decline of people choosing educational experiences that lead to careers such as construction, automotive repair, etc. in the workforce. Our task was to cover what is being done to bridge the skills gap. In our own town, we are lucky enough to have Four Rivers Career Center. FRCC offers students a chance to explore different fields and career options, while building their resumes.
We decided to focus on the story of Nick Dierking. Nick is a WHS alumni who went through FRCC in order to work through automotive dealerships in town and get hands-on experience. Our interview with Nick went great. We learned more about his day-to-day life and the job that he was able to land through Four Rivers Career Center and Rankin Technical College. He was also able to work on his truck a bit so we were able to get some really great b-roll for our story. The b-roll and natural sounds helped it flow better.
Once we sat down and wrote our script, we were ready to begin editing. It went pretty well as a lot of our footage was shot to edit and setting up shot sequences was really easy.
Overall, watching the story come together brought a great sense of accomplishment to our whole team. We were really proud of what we worked on and what the final product came out to be.
Ultimately, the hard work paid off. Nick's story took home First Place in the MIPA Broadcast Story Challenge. We are thankful for the experience. You can see the contest results and what the judge had to say by clicking this link: http://mipajournalism.com/mipa-challenge-2-winners-announced/