By Cielo Castaneda
Edward R. Murrow High School
Phoebe Lawson had an interesting start to journalism.
“I wasn’t interested in it until my freshman year when I was accidentally put into the journalism class,” said the 16-year-old rising senior at Patchogue-Medford High School. “It pushed me to join my school’s newspaper where I began writing and found I love to do that.”
Although Phoebe enjoys writing for the newspaper, “editing is truly where my passion is and what I would like to pursue in the future,” she said. In addition, “I would love to film and edit for shows and movies, I love everything to do with film.”
Phoebe has been editing video since middle school. She started off with an editing page on Instagram where she would make videos of shows and other content. After the senior editor graduated, she was able to start editing for her school’s broadcast, Raider TV.
Journalism teacher Michele Sullivan introduced Phoebe to journalism. Phoebe said Sullivan made writing for a newspaper exciting and made her consider journalism as a career. Sullivan also entrusted Phoebe to be executive producer of Raider TV, which increased her drive for the editing field.
“Phoebe films most of the segments of our broadcast and edits the entire episodes,” Sullivan said. “Phoebe is most definitely the ‘go-to’ person when it comes to anything related to media.”
Apart from being a writer on the staff and executive producer, Phoebe also does a segment called “Girls Grabbing Grub” in which she and four other girls review local restaurants, giving Phoebe the chance to film.
Besides journalism and filming, Phoebe has played tennis for her middle and high school teams. The youngest of five siblings, Phoebe plays five instruments: cello, guitar, piano, ukulele and banjo.
Phoebe applied to Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University to learn more about the craft and she wishes to improve her chances of being admitted to the school in the fall.
“I hope to learn more about being in front of the camera since that has always been a secret dream of mine.”