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.