Stanford: an impossible-to-get-into college that I'm sure every student dreams about attending at one point in their lives. I was at Stanford, not because of my acceptance into the college (bummer), but because of a week-long journalism camp called Newsroom by the Bay. Unfortunately, this was probably the closest I'd ever get to spending time as a Stanford 'student', but regardless, I was ecstatic to dive deeper into multimedia journalism and expand on my journalistic and storytelling skills to bring back to my school publication in the fall time.
Through the camp, I met people from all over the country and the world, and it was a great experience meeting so many people with the same passion for journalism. I was in the Year 2 group,the advanced program of the camp, which consisted of students who have been or will be in leadership roles in their publications. Our final project was for each of us to create our own website (If you didn't notice already, you're on my website!)
In addition to going to some inspirational lectures hosted by very experienced journalists in the field like Sahar H. Ghazi from an international news organization called Global Voices, my group was given the opportunity to go on two field trips throughout the week.
The first one was to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. There we went to the Botanical Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden, where I interviewed two tourists from Ukraine and made an article and a video package on the cultural diversity and impact of San Francisco.
The second trip was to Silicon Valley where we visited multiple local start-ups and companies such as SurveyMonkey, Issuu, and Beam, all of which strive to provide innovational technologies that are useful for communication. Going to these up-and-rising businesses made me see the real essence of advancement in Palo Alto and the impact of technology that is truly helping society maximize its creativity.
This camp not only made me appreciate journalism so much more, but also provided me with the chance to create very close bonds with youth journalists from all over. The friendships I made only during the span of a week will never be forgotten. In the simplest way possible, I can say that I gained a lot more than just knowledge from my seven days in the bay area.