In November, the Sandbox celebrates 5 years. It’s been a wild journey from a handful of online articles to multiple awards! We take a look back with some of our alumni reporters at what they got from the paper and what they see coming in the future in news.
When and how did you work on the Sandbox?
I first was introduced to Sandbox from Prof. Kuropas in her English Comp. I class fall of 2015. I never got involved in out-of-class activities before so I wanted to give it a try for fun.
What your most memorable takeaway from the experience?
My most memorable takeaway from the experience would be going to Orlando for the Florida Society of News Editors awards luncheon this summer 2016. Winning 1st place in the state for sports photography was a nice surprise. Also, getting the chance to meet an Olympic gold swimmer and interviewing and photographing her was pretty cool.
How does media – traditional and otherwise – fit in your future or current endeavors?
For me, I would say media is a big part because whatever I photograph it should have a story to go behind it. In my current job, I photograph the different high school activities and sports for their yearbooks. I turn in the photos and the kids write their own articles. This is not true journalism and I wanted to write what I photographed. It makes it more creditable to have the photographer write the articles than someone else that has not observe the event taking place.
What role do you see media playing in everyday life?
I see a great deal of media playing out now in the presidential debate. Every image, video clip, sound bite, quote, and debate is recorded. Having the media to broadcast or publish these sources of information is important so the general public can choose whom to vote for.
What advice would you give a current or prospective Sandbox reporter?
My advice is to write and photograph what seem interesting to you to start out with. That way it comes easier. Never be afraid to try new ideas or new situation. Always experiment. Finally, later in your academic career, write specific articles pertaining to the publication you would like to work for in the future. For example, you will not write an article on climate change for Sports Illustrated. Write articles for your future employer because the firm likes writers who will grab more of an audience.