Orlando Day Two


After clocking in around midnight yesterday, I got up early to go to a pre-convention workshop that trained me in the art of mobile storytelling.

Of course, journalism is based off storytelling. But when the media covers an event, it doesn’t just cover what’s happening– it covers the moments that make an event special. That being said, the park at Disney (special as it is) isn’t the focal point of a good story– but the experience someone has at the park is.

Because media is now so fast-paced, it’s often hard to get stories out fast and effectively. One way around that difficulty is through the use of what’s in nearly everyone’s hands– an iOS device.

I learned how to tell the moments using only what my iPhone can do. The workshop itself didn’t call for too much sitting around. A lot of the learning was more active and I was able to actually go out and shoot a lot of video.

After walking about through the hotel lobby, along the sidewalk outside and around shops indoors to shoot wide, medium and tight shots, I was sent out on an actual (but very vague) assignment.

The theme of this year’s convention is “Media Magic,” so in either an interview, b roll compilation or news package, I was to present that theme.

Kelsey Pharis and I talked it over and decided that, really, there isn’t anything in Disney World that isn’t magic. We went out and interviewed whoever was willing to ask about what makes Disney special to them. After about two hours and eight interviews, we compiled the video you can find below.


Near the end of the day, multiple colleges and production companies set up booths for the students and advisers at the NHSJC. PHOTO BY: Katie Pickrell

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At the end of the day, the keynote speaker was Andy Staples from Sports Illustrated. Staples talked a lot about the stress the life as a journalist brings, but also mentioned how his passion for it made it all worthwhile. “In college, I would go to class at 7:00 a.m., get done and work on journalism until 3:00 in the morning, but it didn’t feel like I was working that much,” Staples said. “If you’re lucky, it will never, ever feel like a job.” PHOTO BY: Katie Pickrell


The 7:30 a.m. wake up call this morning may have been one of the hardest things to do in the past year and yet somehow the pre-convention workshop about mobile video broadcast was one of the most informational and hands on workshop I have ever been to.

The storytelling aspect of journalism is arguably the most important part of it. Storytelling allows the viewers to understand what is happening, why it is happening and give a deeper view into something that you could find on the internet any given day.

During today’s bootcamp we learned how to make short storytelling videos using only an iSO device. After a few different short lessons and a few practice videos we were sent out to make our own short video. Katie Pickrell and I had to option to do either a straight interview, a b roll short film or a full video package.

With the theme being “Media Magic” like that of the entire journalism convention, we choose to showcase the magic of Disney World. Pickrell and I decided to make a full video package and interview anyone we could find on the streets of the Boardwalk.

Two hours, eight interviews and a great dealing of editing later, we finally had a showable package to present to the rest of the class and have critiqued by the bootcamp leader.


Rise and shine. After waking up with a nightmare that I missed my pre-convention session, I headed out to my pre-convention session, Team Storytelling.

For the first two hours, I learned about what makes a good story, different ways to tell the story and ultimately how to work well as a team. Austin Sack, Zach McClenathan and I then headed out to gather content for our story. Our only rules were to stay on Disney property and to be back at 1:15 pm.

We decided to focus on two aspects of Disney: the magical feeling and the people who make that happen. We went to the boardwalk and Epcot to interview Disney visitors and workers. I was surprised to see that only one person was unwilling to talk to us. One of the biggest things I learned today is that it’s always good to try.

In the afternoon, we spent about three hours putting together our package- the story, pictures and design. I mainly did the design but I also contributed to writing and editing photographs. While we were putting together the package, I learned that it’s important to not be set on one thing. Everything worked a lot better when we were doing a little bit of everything. It’s so much better to be on a team where the positions aren’t set in stone.

In the end, I learned a lot about teamwork and what it takes to make a good package.

If you want to check out our finished package, it’s here:

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