I really messed up the B-Roll in my News Story Package.
For my video, I attended Shaare Emeth Temple Youth Group's Social Action Shabbat Shut-In (SASSI), a night dedicated to learning about racial justice. After interviewing SASSI-coordinator and old pal Lauren Bayne, I asked my friend when I could get the best B-Roll footage. To my dismay, she advised me not to film programming at the Old Courthouse or in The Loop because it would be too dark, and instead she told me to film the program about implicit bias. Well, the implicit bias program ended up being an online test and discussion. Boring! As a result of this unfortunate and uninformed filming, I didn't have quite as much B-Roll as I needed. Had I known the implicit bias program would've been so aesthetically dull, I would've tried to film offsite regardless of the lighting. At the Old Courthouse, we participated in an activity that had us on our feet, arranging ourselves in a life-sized timeline of the racial incidents in St. Louis. I tried to at least salvage pictures from the Old Courthouse and the Loop, however the girl in charge of taking pictures conveniently lost them after she posted them on Instagram.
But enough about the negatives.
My News Story Package was an amazing way for me to utilize my creativity, and I loved being able to share a story from my own community. I had the opportunity to interview my friends, and at the same time I was able to spread awareness of the work of Lauren and other Jewish teens.
I am a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. I play guitar and even write some of my own music, and love to travel! Next year, I will learn at a seminary, a school where young Jewish women learn tradition Jewish texts, philosophy, and law in Jerusalem, Israel. Afterwards, I want to go to college to study Gender Studies and Judaic Studies. Although I'm not particularly interested in pursuing broadcast after high school, I love the creative outlet of telling stories that are important to me.