In the beginning of the semester I was very excited to jump in and report on hunger in NEPA. By doing research and interviews with locals it was amazing to learn from these sources. I was amazed at how much information was out there, but none of it really worked together. It seems like there is a compilation of sources being put together so that is a MAJOR plus for those that need assistance.
I would say the most valuable thing I learned from reporting was the needs of the aid organizations. I was going in to the interview with the mind-set of, why don’t you provide enough food for the people!!?? However, my naivety slapped me in the face, when I heard that even these aid organization did not always have its own resources. Also, I believe that stepping outside of my comfort zone and interviewing people I really knew nothing about has stretched me to be a better journalist.
Going forward, I believe that I will be more aware of factors that go into someone being hungry. And also, more aware of the volunteer opportunities that are out there.
This semester has been a world-wind of knowledge and growing. Through this class I was able to realize what kind of topics make me want to work my hardest. I really hope that there is a change that can be brought up from this course, rather it be in my own life or by someone who has been a part of the classes research. Moving forward, I hope to make reporting on these types of social injustice issues something that I can personally work with to maybe further my career.