The Dangers of Energy Drinks
by Emma Duncan and Eric Jones
Producing a story about energy drink consumption among teens immediately caught our attention. This is a current issue, considering the majority of our school’s population consumes them on a daily basis. We hit the ground running with this topic.
We wanted to cover all the various perspectives involved in regards to energy drinks. We set up interviews with students who consume them daily, a student who refrains from using them, and two medical professionals who are knowledgeable about the topic.
First, we spoke with Matt Benedict, an energy drink advocate. He gave us many useful soundbites, which later ended up complementing the content from our second interviewee Conner Maher. These two interviews went hand in hand, giving us the perfect perspective of students who frequently use energy drinks.
Next, we knew we wanted to add in the viewpoint of a student who personally chooses not to consume energy drinks to add more variety and a different perspective. Jackie Oetterer was our perfect person to fill this spot. She gladly opened up about why she does not drink energy drinks, making for the perfect counterclaim in regards to what Matt and Conner had to say.
We ended the interview process by getting a hold of two professionals: Dr. Bret Riegel, and Dietician and Diabetes Educator Danielle Clapper. The two of them gave awesome soundbites that fit well with all of the previous interviewees’ input.
Piecing together the script was a piece of cake since we knew the direction we wanted the story to flow in, and also because we got such good interviews. We realized that we had great material to work with, and set out for the editing room with our finalized script in hand.
The editing process flew by with the exception of scarcity in the b-roll department. We struggled the most in this area, but with the help of classmates, our interviewees, and our adviser, we snagged just enough footage to fill in the missing holes.
After sitting down to add in the finishing touches, we called our story done and were completely satisfied with the end result. The two of us enjoyed producing this story, and hope that you find it just as fascinating as we do!