I had so much fun this summer working for Access.
I remember my first assignment, I had to write an article about why I want to work at Access and make a video about my community. My task was so broad that I naturally overthought it and I didn’t upload my video until the last minute.
I ended up interviewing my neighbor about the highlights of living in the Arden Fair area and I was sweating up a storm because I thought my video wasn’t very good (It wasn’t, obviously, but I’d like to think I’ve improved at least a little since then). Back then, I could barely interview my neighbors without my voice shaking, but I feel like now I have enough confidence to walk to the mayor and ask him questions.
Around my second and third official videos, I started noticing that I was improving. Aside from Isaac, I have my coworkers to thank for that. Without their feedback and tips, all my videos would look the way my first did and I feel a lot more professional now knowing I can just taking a simple iPod and a microphone and make an amazing video.
The Imagine Justice Concert we covered was definitely the highlight of my summer. There has to be about twenty thousand people there! I got to interview people who drove in from Bakersfield just to see the concert, and even the families of some of my school mates. At one point, I was even interviewed and I got semi-spontaneous photoshoot. When I got back home, my family members were so proud of me. They already knew I wanted to be a journalist but I feel like they support be even more now that I’m doing it.
I suggest that for future reporters is to take your assignments seriously. A lot of time you will have an assignment you don’t like or you’ll get distracted. Just know that you have to represent, and that this is a job, not a club. If you try your best on all of your assignments your improvement will be dramatic.