Today is the last day of a week that has changed my life. This week has changed my view of news, it has taught me writing, photojournalism and television journalism. I have met great people that made this week entertaining, enjoyable and unforgettable. I created relationships with people that would take other people months to create. And, I bonded with people that I thought I’d never have the opportunity to, such as Taylor Yon and Zoe Gordon. With what they experienced in Parkland, Florida, their openness is inspiring to me.
The team I was a part of in creating TV packages, stories and pictures was a great group of people to be around and we got a lot of work done. It was amazing to learn about things that I didn’t have interest in, such as photography and TV journalism, but John Williams and Rick Ricioppo really opened my eyes about those things and they have piqued my interest in becoming a photojournalist or broadcast journalist.
The coordinators, Cathrine and Zach, were two of the best people I have ever met. I learned so much about them, their careers in journalism and news in general. They really helped us express our ideas, develop our stories and become real journalists. Their speech in our last dinner together really made this week fully special and it summarized how great of a week we had. I really appreciate their dedication and hard work for us, the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.
Overall, this week was an unforgettable journey of friendships, hard work, dedication and a jumpstart to a life of journalism.