Sky’s the Limit!

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Last¬†Tuesday, I had the chance to jump out of a plane…12,500 ft. in the air. Let me go ahead and say that again….12,500 feet in the air. Skydiving has always been on my bucket list…but as soon as I suited up, heh…I started to reevaluate why exactly I wanted to do this. I was terrified and excited all at the same time. What in the world was I thinking?! Me and heights aren’t the best of friends…at all. But I wanted to do it, and my job allowed me the opportunity to do it, so I did. I pushed past that fear, and just went for it…and maaaan, what an experience!!! Such an amazing feeling!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my website, so I wanted to start back up again and figured my terrifying, yet exciting time flying in the air, would be the best way to do it!

Point being, put those words into action. Make it happen! If you want to do something, do it. Find the right resources, the right people, and truly believe that you can accomplish everything and more. Invest time in yourself and what you want to achieve in life, whether it’s simple or complex, take the time to make it happen. Sometimes our biggest critic…is ourselves — whether we think to much, have too much doubt or fear, or just afraid of the unknown…You’ll never know if you don’t try. Who’s to say you can’t? You got this, boo! Sky’s the limit ūüôā

Also, here’s a small snippet of my skydiving experience with the Canadian Skyhawks (Merci, Steve!!) … truly amazing!

 

 

The Start of my Career: 2 Months in

As of yesterday, I’m officially two months into my journalism career! Hootie hoot! And let me tell you, it has been amazing, difficult, a learning experience, and very rewarding. I wanted to make a post of things I’ve learned so far and how I hope to make next month better.

So far, I’ve learned:

-News is not a job…it’s a lifestyle. You have to eat, breathe, and sleep with news on your mind.

-Local news is much more fast paced than what I imagined. You have to get a solid story, with a variety of good shots, good interviews, and a standup/intro/tag that makes sense all before deadline. And here I was, complaining in grad school when I had an entire week to get a story together, sorry Terry! Basically, time management is key. And I am slowly, but surely, getting the hang of it.

– Do NOT be afraid to ask for help on what doesn’t make sense. “You rather be annoying than wrong,” were wise words from my co-worker this past week.

-Coming into this¬†position, or any job/internship for that matter, I always walked in, thinking, ” I have to make an amazing impression for everyone. I want them to know that they picked the right person.” I got so focused on making a good impression, that I forgot why an employer hired me. ¬†At the end of the day, they hired me for a reason. I need(ed) to stop proving that I’m able — they hired me because I am able.

-On that note, my friend told me the other day, it’s not about you, it’s about the viewers. Make the story make sense to them…not to you. You have to be on the outside looking in. What will make sense to the viewers at home? What can they learn from this story?

-Always always always charge your camera batteries. Definitely learned that the hard way.

– Mistakes WILL happen. The question is, how will you learn from them and move on? Lesson learned. Move on. Be better.

-Each day, literally is a new day. Don’t bring yesterday’s problems into today’s promises. With news, I feel that I have won some and lost some in terms of everything going smoothly. But what I love about news, is that I have an opportunity each day to get better and better. Days are never the exact same — they’re always different.

-Comparing your work to those that have been there for quite some time isn’t going to help. At the end of the day, although there is individual work being done on a story, it is a team effort. People are always willing to help, because it is not about you, but about the team, the station.

-Be prepared. Come in hungry and ready to work. Whether it’s an idea that works or one that needs work, at least it’s an idea. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Confidence is a must.

-Speaking of being prepared, I noticed that making¬†a list beforehand is crucial for me. And it doesn’t need to be extremely long, just those absolutely-no-excuses tasks that have to get done that day. Saw this awesome post¬†that helped get my life all the way together! Sucsass.com by the way is a great site to check out if you need a weekly pick-me-up!

-Get out and explore the community where you work. Volunteer, take a class, do something to get yourself involved outside of work.

– Positive thinking is a necessity.

-Have fun! I’ve learned that this job is what you make it. There are some amazing people out there who all have stories and are willing to tell them. I love what I do because it’s so cool to meet someone new everyday, and that person is completely different than the person I met yesterday.

These are just a few of the many things I’ve learned so far working at my big girl job, haha! I am working my dream job, and am extremely blessed. Here’s to making month three great! #noexcuses #makeitgreat

Invincible Every Man

You know those kids that are involved in everything? And I mean, everything? Well, that’s Harrison, my baby brother. From swimming, playing the violin, theater, track and volunteering, you name it and he’s probably done it. And he’s only 15. For many people, Harrison has the type of personality that is energetic, welcoming, and personable. People enjoy being around him because he listens and can be quite the comedian. I decided to do a short documentary on my little brother because sometimes he doesn’t always see these great qualities in him. This story is not only about my brother, but about addressing the issue of depression and mental illness in young teenagers. According to¬†the National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of adolescents suffer from depression.

This is Harrison’s story ¬†and he is Invincible Every Man.

 

 

Update* Since this documentary, Harrison no longer self harms. “I want people to know my story, and I’m doing much better. I have a strong support system,” he says. “I want other people who may be going through the same thing, that it will get better. Stick through this.”

Race to Representation 5K

It is a cause that brought¬†hundreds of runners to American University to run a 5K. The cause? Representation. Women in Politics Institute hosted their third annual race to representation 5K, raising awareness about the¬†low percentage of women in politics. Director of the Institute, Jennifer Lawless, says closing the gender gap in political leadership is necessary. “The overwhelming majority of elected officials in this country, at the national, state and local level are men. This race is just one way to call attention to their underrepresentation, to get people to think about it,” Lawless says. The Institute wants to make sure women are on the election ballots for years to come.

Extreme Recess: Pizza Making!

Laughs, good food and even a few selfies were taken for a delicious occasion. Dreams for Kids and &Pizza collaborated for the second annual pizza making event. Dreams for Kids, a non-profit organization, helps children with mental and physical disabilities work together and foster relationships with each other.

Glenda Fu, Executive Director for Dreams for kids, says this is one of many events that allow these children to realize their full potential. “It’s to encourage these kids to reach for the stars and show them that other people in the community want to help them reach their goals.”

Choose Respect.

One in three teenagers and young adults experience some form of dating abuse. The Montgomery ¬†Domestic Teen Violence Coordinating Council wanted to create a healthy teen initiative so that young adults would not become apart of that statistic.The 5th Annual “Choose Respect” Conference in Silver Spring, Md. raised awareness about domestic violence to teens and parents. Testimonies and dance interpretations were shown to show the effects of abuse. Teenagers engaged in different sessions to learn how to protect themselves and how to help others.

 

DC Reads

A study by Central Connecticut State University is naming Washington, D.C. the most literate city for the fourth year in a row.  See how one American University initiative is making sure those literacy levels keep rising.

Learning Life Skills in a Tasty Way

Brainfood, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. is using food as a tool for young teens to develop life skills. Teenagers throughout the area are offered classes throughout the school year and the fall. Different activities include hand-on cooking classes, the benefits of healthy living, and community service projects. Carina Gervacio, Brainfood Program Director, says she enjoys familiar faces coming back to the program, and hopes they will continue to cook beyond their teenage years.

 

Where is Natural Hair in the News Industry?

Natural hair is becoming a new phenomenon in today’s society.
However, within the news industry, very few black women are shown with natural hair, ones with kinks, curls, and big hair. As an aspiring journalist, I was interested in learning more because I do not see many black women on the news with hair that looks like mine – natural.¬† Many black women have become apart of the “natural hair movement,” where there are no more chemical relaxers.¬† A healthy type of hairstyle that is rarely shown on television, and if it is, sometimes shown in a negative light.

However WJZ-13 reporter Rochelle Ritchie is changing the image of black women on-air.¬† Going “au-natural” in 2010, she wants people to know why she decided to do it and why it is important, especially in today’s society.

 

 

Children’s Future in the Palms of Congress’ Hands

Head Start is an early childhood program that provides information and resources to families from low socio-economic backgrounds. In D.C., Edward C. Mazique Center provides multiple resources that are readily available. With an on site doctor, health and nutrition services, disability services and engagement classes for parents, Edward C. Mazique wants to be the one stop shop approach for families.

Teresa Nasson is a parent of the center and also a staff member.  With uncertainty of when the shutdown will end, Teresa is weary of the impact it will have on her children.  For her, she wants to make sure Congress takes a solid look at early childhood education programs, especially Head Start.