Inspiring teen journalists video storytelling / by Sonya Paclob

Sonya Paclob and Jason Plotkin, multimedia journalists at the York Daily Record / Sunday News (Pa) teach inspiring journalist video storytelling with roller derby team.

Top notch photojournalist Jason Plotkin and I collaborated on teaching teens video storytelling. The teens are part of a program called Teen Takeover at the York Daily Record / Sunday News Pa. The program is to teach teens the ropes of print and magazine writing.

Plotkin had the idea to take some who are willing to learn video.  

Kiah and Haley shoot low to the ground as roller derby team practice around them. Photo by Sonya Paclob

Kiah and Haley shoot low to the ground as roller derby team practice around them. Photo by Sonya Paclob

Haley and Kiah are both seniors at Spring Grover High School. This was the first time holding a video camera and I'm proud of them for being curious about the medium. 

We took them to a roller derby rink, the perfect place to get action on camera. 

Plotkin gives them a piece of advice, get close to your subject, "just make sure you don't get punch in the nose."

Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record photojournalist, takes notes do derby woman squatting in skates. 

Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record photojournalist, takes notes do derby woman squatting in skates. 

The tutorial was only for two days for an hour or two at the roller rink in Pa. It was fun teaching a new wave of inspiring journalist. 

We taught them how to shoot from various angles, conduct interviews, listening to audio, use a GoPro and be aware of your surroundings. 

What did you like about the video?

Derby woman wears GoPro on her chest during practice. 

Derby woman wears GoPro on her chest during practice.