“Oh SoojI! There was a fire in Glassell Park last night. Can you go grab some b-roll? Hey Sooj! Can you go grab a few student reactions about the increase in textbook prices? Sooji, I need you to go to UCLA for the LA 2024 Olympic Games Venues press conference. ”
I’m given a mission each time I sign into my Media Center shift every Monday at 10 A.M. One of the perks of being a student journalist is that you’ll never know what adventure you’ll embark on during your shift. As I walk through the double doors of the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center, I always pause and wonder how my work will make an impact on the media content produced that day.
My favorite Annenberg Advantage is the hands-on opportunity that all digital journalists have at USC. My executive producer sends me around town to complete stories on press conferences and events and I’m charged with shooting b-roll, grabbing a few interviews and editing my work into a package for Annenberg Media.I get assigned to a story with a tripod in one hand and a camera kit in the other. These days, working journalists are sent to cover events by themselves and I’m so grateful to have that experience as a full-time student.
A few weeks ago, I was assigned to attend a UCLA press conference in which Mayor Eric Garcetti was to announce the potential venues for the LA 2024 Olympic Games. I got lost a few times, driving to UCLA while trying to conquer infamous LA traffic. Moreover, it was tough to go incognito on our rival’s campus. As I set-up my equipment amongst prominent journalists from the LA Times, KTLA News, and KBS News, I was so honored to be on the same mission in the same room. As Mayor Eric Garcetti and successful Olympians stood a few steps away from me, I was at a loss for words.
Being at the press conference was such a humbling experience. I am so grateful for the opportunities Annenberg has provided me in my journalism career. The Annenberg Advantage is real and it’s insane to think that I’ll have the chance to do this in the real world in a few years! This is just the beginning of it all.