Video press is an integral, fun element of the Y&G program
Two separate organizations cover and provide the news to the delegates of Y&G. One is the newspaper press, and the other, the video press.
The video press creates online broadcasts of news coverage for the program, as everyone knows who watches the news each night of Y&G at 11:30.
As Annie Dickerson, a video press reporter from Lake Park, stated, “We report visually what’s happening in Springfield.”
Dickerson hopes that everyone tunes in to the news at 11:30 to watch such video press cover stories like “‘Thank God Its Springfield,’” “Road to Springfield,” and ‘Mandatory Fun Night.”
Not only will there be fun topics, but, according to Dickerson, the video press will also be covering the political side of things, while always promoting a positive message to be safe because, after all, it is “still a school event.”
Africa Baker, a video press reporter from Oswego High School, likes the different opportunities the reporters get throughout the weekend. “As video press, we switch between different roles from writing the scripts to filming to speaking in front of the camera,” said Baker.
Occasionally the video press enjoys promoting things via the evening news. Dickerson said, “We hope to create commercials geared toward potential college advisors for next year.”
Baker added, “Not only does the video press want to focus on the serious topics, like the candidates, but we want to play around with fun topics as well.”
It seems the common goal of the video press is to inform the delegates with news in an interesting visual manner and have fun while doing it.
For some, the learning provided by being a video press reporter can help with future plans.
“I get to work in a way that closely emulates what I want to do as a career and have fun while doing it,” said Baker.
Dickerson likes the freedom press provides at Y&G.
“The press is not as strict as having to run for an office or being a legislature, and also having much more leniency in what we can do and being able to bring our own ideas into things,” she said.
Delegates feel the video job does a good job in impressing their audience and recapping what has happened throughout the day.
Danny Feltmen from Carl Sandburg High School said, “I think its cool to see what happened throughout the day and video press does a nice job of covering that.”
(written by Ariana Miceli, Lake Park)