caption: Showing her support, Annie, age 5, marches through Bloomington with a sign stating, "Let the refugees come here. We havegood people lots of space and food in this country."
Before taking Annie's photo, I asked her parents for permission. It was my first time encountering this situation and it challenged my professional skills. Also, my advisers asked if I asked for permission. I felt accomplished by saying "yes'" without hesitation.
caption: Outraged by Indiana's decision to refuse Syrian refugees, Dr. Elizabeth Dunn speaks at the Hoosiers for Syrian Refugees March hosted by United Nations Association outside the Sample Gates in Bloomington Dec. 5.
I drove 45 mins from home to this event. This proves my dedication for my assignments. It wasn't required, but Dr. Dunn notified me about the event. I couldn't miss the chance to include pictures of the protest in a story about Gov. Pence's public refusal.
caption: Filled with narcotics, the Columbus Police Department's evidence room has envelopes of local crimes. This includes heroin which has increased usage in Indiana within the past year.
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This was for 'A Dab of the Unknon: The Awareness of Wax Culture.' During my reporting, I took pictures of the usage of the drug among annon sources. Although it's a juicy photo, it shows how students can use it. My job is to inform the danger and not harm the readers.
I was the first journalist in Columbus, Indiana to take pictures in the police department's evidence room. I needed pictures of heroin for a story on the increased rates. After many phone calls, I succeeded.
caption: Lecturing senior Daniel Padilla about his rebellious behavior, freshman Emily Sipes and senior Jacob Hendricks act their role as parents for the 2015 Senior Showcase. The scene focuses around an alternate universe where drinking milk for calcium is treated as an illegal substance.
Immersed in his role, freshman Ciaran Hill is a peasant who intimidates his fellow peers. This comedy scene for the 2015 Senior Showcase highlights the humor in winning a game show.
North Drama's sets are known for its poor lighting. Also, the actors were constantly changing emotions. These photos show my ability to use a professional camera.
caption: Attending the "Take Back the Night" event in Bloomington, a high school student presents her sign to promote awareness for survivors of sexual violence at Dunn Meadow. The event was hosted by IU Feminist Student Association Oct. 8.
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This was for 'Shunning through Shame'", but I had to decide whether it was relevant. The story was about slut shaming and not rape culture. I didn't want this photo to strip the message of the story; shaming has consequences.
This was my first time outside of town to take photos. I drove 45 mins to this event. This event was handled with sensitivity because there were many victims of sexual abuse. This presents my ability to capture emotion when people refuse a photo.
caption: Soaking the cotton with vape juice, Junior Matt James prepares to smoke fruit-loop flavored vapor. Over the summer, he turned the legal age, 18, and gained favorite flavors, which include gummy bear and peach cobbler.
Accumulating a massive cloud of vapor, Junior Matt James and his friends (legal aged) practice vape tricks for cloud competitions. The competitions test whether who can produce the bigger cloud or rebuild their device the fastest.
This was my first time taking photos that involved substances illegal on school property. I had to double-check their age and the ingredients in the juice. Although there were many restrictions, I was able to capture an intriguing photo.
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The top left demonstrates my photography skills for sports, the bottom left is the ability to capture emotion, and the right is my skill in composition. I’ve included these photos to display the variety of students/events I’ve covered.