Hello everyone! Welcome back to another traveling post. This trip was definitely an unforgettable memory last year (senior year in high school) and let me tell you why.
Back story: In high school, I was a part of the media program in Broadcast and Journalism. My last two years in high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel and compete in a Student Television Network Competition (STN). My schools media program has a Film side and a Broadcast and Journalism side, which is what I was in. Each side brings up about 12ish students and we compete in different smaller categories. I’ll explain a little more about the competition later, but this brings us to why exactly I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee.
Things we did in Nashville:
- Go to Elvis Presley’s home
- Line Dancing for the first time
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Grand Ole Opry
- Live Hockey Game
- 2018 STN Competition
Each and every single one of these places we went to come with so many memories, it’s hard to choose my favorite! I definitely will go more into the main reason for coming to Nashville (STN comp), but out of all those places, I do have to say the live hockey game and the Grand Ole Opry were pretty cool. Though i’ve been involved in sports basically my whole life, the morality at a professional hockey game was one like i’ve never experienced before. It’s hard for me to be able to explain the feeling I had, but let say, you should definitely go to one one day!
As far as the Grand Ole Opry, we got to take a backstage tour which was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. This included looking at VIP private dressing room layouts and standing on the legendary stage! It was so cool to learn about the history of the place as well as the origin of country music.
So now, for the most exciting part….STN 2018! Some background about the competition itself, is that every year it’s held in a different state. 2016: Atlanta, Georgia, 2017: Anaheim, California, 2018: Nashville, Tennessee, this year 2019: Seattle, Washington, and so forth. You get the idea. In terms of my Broadcast team, all together there were 12 of us and we all competed in “individual” competitions as well as a team category where all 12 of us worked on creating a video. Now, these competitions we participated in aren’t literally individually, but from the 12 of us who went, we were all split up into groups of 2-3 people.
Like anything, unless you actually have experienced it for yourself, no one understand the “back work” of it all. In Broadcast, we basically go out and find people with unique lives and we tell their stories in video form. It’s somewhere along the lines of a news story. Now, lets rewind a bit to the second quarter in October of senior year 2017 when it all started. Once our STN team was chosen, we started practices right away. Though STN was many months away, we all start practicing so that when the time comes, we know exactly what to do. Doing these practices consisted of lots of dedication while working around your busy schedules, doing work on the weekends, driving to different locations to interview people or to get the perfect footage to put in your video, all while being under a lot of stress. Oh, I forgot to mention, because the actual competitions were time based, our practices were teated just like the actual competition. In some comps, you only have 6 hours to find a story, plan, film interviews and b-roll, edit, and submit. 6 hours may seem like a lot of time, but when you’re working hard, time flies and it’s sometimes very stressful.
At the actual competition, no words can explain the amount of adrenaline that goes through your body in the actual competition, but I can tell you, lots of blood, sweat, and tears go into these videos just because of the passion and amount of hard work that is and was being put into this competition.
For my competition, I competed in a new category called social media. In this category, my partner and I had 3 hours 8:00 am- 11 am) to look at the prompt STN gave us and take a picture, write a 150 character caption for it and film a 10 second stand up that basically explained more about our prompt and our picture. Our prompt was something along the lines of STN Sponsors and so during the competition, there was this ballroom filled with booths of the sponsors of STN. We took our picture there, filmed our stand up briefly explaining about the sponsors of STN, and edited our picture to look it’s best. To make this short, we ended with a few minutes left to spare. Although we didn’t place, I was still really proud of us because I knew we did our absolute best. At the end of the day, as long as you know you did your best, then that’s the best it gets.
In the competition that all 12 of us participated in, we ended up placing third for it. This was a huge deal because the category we usually compete in was full, so we signed up for this category that we never participated in, or practiced before. This just goes to show how good this team worked together as a whole. A few other groups for the individual comps placed and that was also really exciting to see and experience. I couldn’t be more proud on how my last year of STN turned out and i’m glad to have ended this once in a lifetime experience on a good note!
To find out more about STN, check out their website and the amazing videos that are made in previous years! Also, visit my contact page and let me know if I should add more pictures or what else I should include in future posts 🙂