Accesslocal.tv sat in on the Sacramento Youth Town Hall on May 13th and was able to get an exclusive interview with Sacramento’s Mayor, Darrel Steinberg.
This year for me has been accomplishing and exciting as I am approaching graduation and my time with Access Sacramento has come to an end. My time with Access Sacramento being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was amazing. Coming into this new experience I did, in fact, have some previous knowledge working in broadcasting from internships, and production assistant jobs. But my time as News Correspondent allowed me to gain hands-on experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else. As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you
As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you weave to be honest and truthful. The stories I have been able to tell throughout the city of Sacramento have been unbelievable. I underestimated the love and eagerness for engagement of the community people had for Sacramento. Every community event, free health clinic, or protest all demonstrated the unity and beauty of the people who live in these communities.
There have been many assignments that stood out for me throughout my eight months with Access Sacramento. However, there were two in particular that I will remember the most because they have turned out to be some of my best packages I have made. One of my first few assignments was an Oak Park Free Healthy Clinic. That day I watched hundreds of people show up in get support in getting free glasses, dental work, and medication. While I was there I interviewed so many people from attendees and staff. What surprised me the most was that people all over the world would volunteer to come help the people of the Sacramento area. It was a humbling experience and my job was to tell a story that highlighted this wonderful event. The second story I believe challenged my reporting skills due to the fact it was such a shocking story. My job was to cover a hate crime that took place on two local black businesses in the heart of Sacramento neighborhoods. The crime itself was shocking but, how the community responded touched my heart. The next day after the crime was committed local neighbors and businesses gathered in support of the victims by protesting and buying food in support of small black-owned businesses and demonstrating that this behavior won’t be tolerated.
With the guidance of the editor at Access Sacramento, I have learned so much about how to craft enticing social media chatter and how to be a better journalist. Going from a college intern to a respected Neighborhood News Correspondent was quite a leap, and I have found that publishing my work on a local platform is more rewarding than I could have guessed. I’m thankful for time and skill’s that I have gained at Access Sacramento. This program that Isaac Gonzalez runs is a rare platform for youth. This program allows young people the support hands-ons on skills that are needed to not only be successful within the broadcasting field but to also be a contributing member in society. As I move on to the next chapter in my life; I am confident in my skills and ability to conquer adversity thanks to the help of the Neighborhood News Correspondent position.
Ever since I started working for AccessLocal.TV as a Neighborhood News Correspondent, I began to see and overcome obstacles that would have definitely slowed me down in life. I have learned technical skills, personal skills, and workforce skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Using a video editor was not new to me, but I’ve never worked with the equipment that AccessLocal.TV provided us. I find it important to be well versed in technological know-how, and in my opinion, the more equipment you become familiar with, the better.
Working with the iPod and iMovie was interesting, and a lot simpler than the equipment I worked with in the past. It produced good footage, and the videos were easy enough to make. My first introductional video is amateurish, going back and watching it now. Comparing it to my latest video about Yisrael Farms is a huge difference. I can see major growth from then to now, and it makes me happy to know that my skills have improved so much within a few months.
Aside from the technical knowledge I’ve gained, I also learned a great deal in talking with people. I wouldn’t say I was shy, but I was definitely more reserved. It was difficult for me to walk up to people and ask for interviews. But, of course, working as a reporter, I had to get over that quickly. I started talking to people at events I went to so I could get used to just talking. After a chat, I’d ask them for an interview. Now I feel I have become a better conversationalist, and I’ve been applying my skills to my work as well as personal life.
Towards the beginning months, I had feared “getting in the way” of people. I didn’t like taking shots in front of crowds and during meetings or lectures because I feared I was being intrusive or disruptive. It didn’t take long for my boss, Isaac, to notice this, and he and my co-workers gave me reassurance in my ability, and in my press-pass to get the shots I wanted.
Working for AccessLocal.TV news has been an overall wonderful experience. Although I had a rocky start, my skills improved with the help of my boss and co-workers. I cannot thank them enough for all I have learned from them. I feel more confident as a worker, and as a person, and I owe it all to AccessLocal.TV, and the wonderful people working for it.
AccessLocal proved to be a much richer and more multifaceted experience than the simple news job I took it for at first. I learned this at our first meeting, when instead of stepping into the sophisticated and austere television studio I was interviewed in, I found myself sitting at a table of journalists my age with EDM playing in the background. This environment wasn’t to be mistaken as lax, I quickly learned, but rather a professional environment for a discussion designed to make the news correspondents feel at ease enough to discuss stories and relevant topics comfortably as they would outside of a ‘job’. My wonderful boss, Isaac Gonzalez, led the assignment sections and relevant discussions with a calm tone, maintaining the balance between professional and colloquial.
The first project alone sent me into the deep end of filming, editing and writing an article on a deadline with only the bare essential tools to guide me: a short tutorial video playlist for filming, iMovie and basic journalism tactics, an iPod touch equipped with iMovie, and a microphone and camera attachments to make a viable filming device. The prompt was simply: what is your community?
While I was pleased with the result, the process of making the video was a complete disaster. I spent half a day figuring out iMovie and planning the clip arrangements for the final product. I submitted my report right on the nose of the deadline and wished I had more of a plan going into the project to better know what I was doing.
These steps were absolutely critical to my progress as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. I learned more from arranging my friends to talk about what they thought about our community and the first 30 minutes of tampering with iMovie than I did in the whole hour of tutorial videos that were the entirety of my education in journalism.
I’m beyond grateful for the independent and self-reliant method of learning that Isaac and AccessLocal based the program on. In four months I’ve gone to city hall meetings, an art exhibition and an art workshop, a protest at the state capital, and even a gun show where I pressed tough questions to a reclusive and closed audience. If the program would have spent all that time on the textbook approach of teaching me how to film, how not to film, who to film, what to focus on and so on, I would never have really learned how to film in the way I did. I picked all of these skills up through doing the work assigned to me, and Isaac was always there to give advice and strategies if I was unsure. I now know how to cover stories confidently and have months of experience doing so. The paychecks were gravy on top of what I’ve gained from all of this.
I could not recommend AccessLocal more to anyone interested in journalism, writing, filming, debate or even public-speaking. Whether or not I choose to pursue journalism as a career, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I was provided and the valuable, interdisciplinary skills I gained. I would like to thank my coworkers: the outgoing and amiable Levi Harvey, the quietly confident and ever-friendly Ivan Caballero, the understated and brilliant Dominique Mejia, the bold, hilarious and completely unique Bruce Tran, and most of all my boss, the attentive, caring, engaging and one-of-a-kind Isaac Gonzalez. I would also like to thank Gary Martin from our parent company for seeing something to let me into this amazing program. Good luck future Neighborhood News Correspondents!
On April 5th, restaurant chain Panera Bread unveiled a new line of low-sugar and sugar-free drinks as well as a chart detailing information about the calorie sugar content of all of their self-serve drinks.
In a recent ad that appeared in the Washington Post, Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich writes: “our goal is not to dictate what you drink, it’s to be transparent and provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice.”
The chart places their drinks on a range of unsweetened to fully sweetened, beginning with iced black tea and the new plum ginger hibiscus tea and ending with regular soft drinks.
The “Medium Sweetened” tier of drinks below soft drinks contain up to 34 grams of sugar, less than half as many as the potential 75 grams of regular soft drinks, while the “Lightly Sweetened” tier of drinks between “Medium Sweetened” and “Unsweetened” tiers contains 0 grams of sugar and is only sweetened through the fruit juice base of the drinks. Teaspoons of sugar are shown on the illustrated cups to provide an easy and visual point of reference for the sugar content of each drink type.
Panera Bread has become one of the first major restaurant chains to voluntarily display the sugar and calorie content of drinks. While a recent FDA regulation requires prepackaged foods and beverages to display health information including sugar content in a special nutrition information box, there is no similar regulation for restaurants or fast-food chains.
Despite the lack of restrictions on restaurants to display health information about drinks, Panera Bread calls for competing companies to follow the same practice in the aforementioned ad:
“[…] we challenge the beverage and restaurant industries to join us in this effort,” writes Shaich. “Whether you choose soda or lemonade, you deserve to know what’s in your cup and how it affects your health.”
The new “clean” drinks contain no preservatives or artificial sweeteners and include agave lemonade, plum ginger hibiscus tea as well as green tea. The signs were put on display in each of the over 2,000 Panera Bread locations across the country.
Recently, Chanowk Yisrael gave a presentation about how climate change can effect the food we eat, as well as how carbon foot-printing can change what we eat. He wants to draw more people into farming the correct way, that isn’t damaging to the environment.
With the world focused on refugees and immigration, Flo Razowsky combines photos and installation pieces for “Up Against the Wall,” a free exhibit recreating border structures. Those include a 500-mile long wall along the West Bank of Palestine and structures along the U.S./Mexico border.
SacTRU held it’s weekly meeting this past Saturday. The meeting discussed key issues that effect riders and how they plan on make changes to benefit transit riders in the city of Sacramento.
A job fair aimed at young people aged 16-24 was held last weekend in Downtown Sacramento. The job fair was a place for students and adults to go in and get interviews for internships and jobs or learn about the resources around them.
Many organizations and businesses came to the event to provide young people with the information they needed. Some of the many organizations that came were Wendy’s, Carpenters Training, Laborers Local 185, and the Sacramento Regional Conservation.
“I’m hoping that I can work out something with the many people who came out to offer job opportunities,” said 17-year old job seeker Angel Perez. “I’m actually a little bit nervous.”
The fair wasn’t only for jobs, there were also community service opportunities from colleges such as Sacramento City Community College.
“It’s important for the youth to be out because it shows initiative,” said Raul Rodriguez from the City of Sacramento stand at the job fair. “Were offering different business programs. At Sac City College we have 212 support programs as well as two-year degrees. It doesn’t stop there we also have stuff on financial and transfer information.”
“I met with the construction workers from the union and It may something that I could be interested in actually,” said 18-year-old job hunter Diego Santana. “I applied for Wendy’s right then and here pretty quickly.”
The youth job fair brought a good amount of people most including students who came as field trips from their schools. Many people who came to the event left with backpacks full of papers from the stand at the fair.
This is an overview of the Youth Action Meeting that was held on March 23rd. The young people of Sacramento are encouraged to come to these meetings, and express their thoughts on how collaborative projects between adults and youth can improve.