Brandon Kim

August Story


On August 1, I thought life would stop just as cherubs did. To my dismay, it didn’t. Instead, I got on a delayed-for-two-hours flight back to LAX, and back to my home in San Gabriel. The next few days were painful days of social media, trying to move on from cherubs, and doing AP homework that I hadn’t started because of my five weeks at Northwestern.

Because I had so grandiosely declared that I would go into broadcast and video journalism, I felt that I had to do something. I took my live shot and edited it so that it vaguely followed the structure of a typical broadcast piece (the video is attached below). It felt too easy for the fact that I didn’t have to produce anything.

Weeks of AP homework and League of Legends breaks went on. On August 19, I heard news that two students had been arrested and charged with plotting a mass school shooting at South Pasadena High School. I had to check the school name again because I just couldn’t believe someone from my year at freaking SOUTH PASADENA would be involved in a possible shooting.

I tweeted an article (logical first course of action) and a representative at ABC7 gave me her number. I called her and she asked if I could go down to the school and talk to a reporter who was there. It was all a surreal experience, but I drove down at about 9 p.m. just to check out the several news trucks that had parked on Fremont Avenue.

The next few days were hectic. Some of Tiger Newspaper staff and I went to cover the news conference that took place the next day. I put together a video segment (posted on Tiger Newspaper’s Facebook page). It was made hurriedly to be timely, but the experience I had while filming next to big news cameras definitely marked one of the high points of my summer.

On the last day of summer, some of us Tiger Newspaper staff met at night to put out news updates for the shooting and another big news piece, the incoming trial of a former track coach. Since then, school has started and our paper has been steadily covering two big events that have certainly forced the new members on staff to step up.

Southern California is still hot, and my social media is covered with ice bucket challenges and articles (legitimate and satirical) that point to the drought crisis in our state.



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