HIKI NŌ: HIKI NŌ Class of 2019, Part One   |   Program r.3

HIKI NŌ: HIKI NŌ Class of 2019, Part One | Program r.3

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like HIKI NŌ [INTRO MUSIC] Please introduce yourselves. My name is Selwyn Madarang, I graduated from
Farrington High School in Kalihi, O’ahu. My name is Rebecca Meyer, I graduated from
Sacred Hearts Academy in Kaimukī on O’ahu. Hi, I’m Emily Tsuji, I graduated from Waiākea
High School in Hilo, on the Big Island. Selwyn, can you describe a HIKI NŌ story
that you worked on that meant a lot to you? So the story that comes to mind, for me, is
LITTLE LEAGUERS.”] Rebecca, what did you think of that story? It just made me very appreciative of the kind
of culture we have here, because Hawai’i is a melting pot
for all cultures, and so it’s not like we only eat Hawaiian food, but we also eat like,
like local food, which is not necessarily Hawaiian food, things that
it’s not typical on the Mainland. And so it just reminded me
how thankful to be that we have this kind of culture. So Selwyn, what did you learn about working
on that story? I learned that, through food, um, people can
get to know each other, especially culture. And, um, just
those little things can make like a really big impact. So what were your roles in the production
of the story? So while producing the story, my main role
was being the camera person. I had to get all the shots for the
b-rolls, interviews, also helped out a little bit with the script, the timeline, and I helped
a little bit with the editing, and that helped me learn that producing
is tough. Rebecca, what about you? What was the story that you worked on for
HIKI NŌ that was important to you? So for me personally, I liked the story “Ride-Sharing.” [ROLL SACRED HEARDS ACADEMY “RIDE-SHARE.”] Selwyn, what did you think of the story? I think it was different, but very relatable
to me because I myself have used Uber, especially since I do not
have my permit or my license, so it’s a good way to get around, especially if like your
parents are at work, and you need to go somewhere important, it’s
a good way of motor transportation. Yeah, I liked how, um, you showed both sides
of the story, not just one side, and it just shows that, this
issue is very controversial, I mean I know Uber is really blowing up nowadays and I always
thought of it like, fine, because everyone uses it, but
when you really think about it, it is kind of like, scary because it’s
a stranger driving you around. But, yeah, now that I know that they do background
checks, it just gives me a different perspective on the whole issue. Thank you for your feedback, and I actually
— I can relate to Selwyn because at the time of doing this
shoot, I myself couldn’t drive. So there would just be days or as soon as
school finished I would have two tripod bags and a big camera bag and I’d
be on the bus. I think I heard you as the reporter, but what
other roles were you involved with in the story? So basically, amongst the three of us that
worked on this story, we all tried to balance our strengths. We
all have strengths pretty much in camera work, writing, but my strength in particular was
writing, and I kind of acted as the head of the group because
I was just really passionate about the story since it related
to me a lot and I didn’t have like a parent that could drive me around like the other
two. Uh, you said that your favorite part — or
you said that you felt that your strongest, um, point was writing? What do you like most about writing? So for writing, it’s just like a way to get
my thoughts out for people to read, like that’s just what I like
about reporting, because there might be a topic that is relevant to society, but people
might not necessarily think about it, so I want to just bring that
random thought and then make a story off of it so that people
can actually be thinking, like — oh, ’cause one of our, one of the main topics for that
story was that people didn’t know that there was an 18 and under
policy, which it’s clearly enumerated in their, umm, policy on
their website, but not a lot of people look into that. So Emily, what HIKI NŌ story you worked on
comes to mind? Hmm, I think my favorite HIKI NŌ story that
I worked on is called “Foster Care.” Um, it’s about my two
neighbors, Jonathan and Danielle Mendoza, and I consider them like my second parents. And I just know
that their story is super inspirational and I really wanted to share that to everyone
else. [ROLL WAIAKEA HIGH “FOSTER CARE”] That was a really beautiful story, Emily,
I thought that it covered pretty much every aspect that there is to
know about the couple that helps kids and I just liked how it had a present child as
your feature, that little boy, and then also someone in the past that
could attest to what they’re doing. As like — not just stating,
oh, this is what they do and this is how they do it, but how it really impacted that person
and how that person is doing now. She has her master’s, and I just think every
aspect of what needed to be said about that story was covered, and I applaud you
for that. Thank you. So, I agree with what Rebecca said, everything
was well prepared, everything was planned. All the script
was really good, it matched up with, the, what was going on in the video. Thank you, guys, so much. So as we heard in the video, you were the
reporter? What else were your main roles in making this
story? I was part of pretty much a little bit of
everything. Which I thought it was pretty cool because
this was my first HIKI NŌ story that I kind of like took
a lead role for. So being involved in the editing, and the
filming, and the reporter, and the script, it really like made me invested into this
story and I wanted to make sure that it was the best that it could
be. What did you…what was your biggest takeaway
from this story, like the thing you’d remember from this
story the most? I think this story taught me a lot of patience. Um, as you guys saw, I had to — we were working
with a little boy, and of course, little kids aren’t
gonna wanna do actions over and over again, but we needed to
do that so we could get different sequences, and I think just needing to like take a step
back, and giving him time, giving everyone time. ‘Cause of course they’re busy, too, they’re
busy parents and they have to do all these things. So, giving them time and making sure that
everyone was ready to film, and me being prepared was just a lot of taking back a little
bit, even though I wanted to just keep going, getting this
story done to meet deadlines. Uh, but yeah, I’d say definitely patience. ‘Kay, so now we’re gonna talk about how the
skills from HIKI NŌ has really like, helped us, or will
prepare us for our immediate plans after high school, the workplace, and life in general. Let’s start with
our immediate plans. Rebecca? So, this fall, I’m gonna be at Creighton University
in Nebraska, I’m gonna be majoring in communications. And I feel like the whole process of getting
into college, HIKI NŌ has helped me with, because one of the skills I took away from
HIKI NŌ is being adaptive to the situation, and not everything
can go your way. So, I didn’t even know if I was going to get
into this college, so I had to make backup plans and such, which I learned through HIKI
NŌ. And then even communicating with college counselors
and people like that, what I had to do, the requirements, um, getting things that were
required by the colleges before I could even get housing and
such. And so constant communication is something
I learned. What about you, Selwyn? So um, as of right now, I’m trying to apply
for college. But if I can’t get into NYU, I’ll probably
go to LCC right here in, in O’ahu. HIKI NŌ help, helps me with my organization
skills. Trying to get all the
papers, and all the emails like organized. Manage my time so I can turn it in before
the deadline. And if
they’re looking for like essays or anything, then I can do that and make it in time. And also, HIKI NŌ
helped me with my self-confidence. ‘Cause before, I used to only be behind the
camera. And now, I’m in
front of the camera, and that could help me in the long run, especially wanting to be
in this industry, in this field of work, and I, I think that having
self-confidence will help me get a job in the future. Yeah, no, HIKI NŌ has definitely raised my
self-confidence too, because not only do we have to be in
front of the camera sometimes, but we have to be the ones to contact people, and to like,
call them and try to schedule things, so, I think that has also
helped a lot with our, my college experience, too. Rebecca, what do you see college life being
like for you? For me, college is pretty big, and it’s not
like high school where the teacher will have to go out of their
way to tell you, hey, you have to turn in this assignment, college is — you have to
be independent, more independent, and so because there’s going
to be other students exactly like you, that put in the same
amount of effort to get there. You need to be more assertive, and like, bold
with your actions, because if you wait for your professor to come to you
and tell you, you need this, or…they’re not gonna answer your
questions unless you ask them. So one of the things I learned from HIKI NŌ,
working on a story, is that not everyone will answer your emails immediately
with one email, so you just gotta keep saying, hi, just a
gentle reminder, I need this by then, or just ask them like questions that lead up to what
you’re trying to get. Yeah, I know. So I’m planning on going to Cal State Long
Beach, and there’s like…30,000 students there. So I know that if I want to stand out, I need
to really put in the effort. And HIKI NŌ has taught me that in
order for your stories to really be great, you have to push past your comfort zone and
really go above and beyond to stand out and really make a difference. And not only for college, but if I want to
pursue a career in this industry in general, there’s
so many people trying to do the exact same thing I want to do, so
I really have to go above and beyond. I totally agree, because, like you said, there’s
a lot of competition out there for this industry, and to stand
out, you have to do a lot more than the person that’s next to you, to stand out. And I think that HIKI NŌ
has helped with that, especially with boosting self-confidence, your communication skills,
collaborative, like working with a group, especially like
a production. Umm, also with your, um, time management,
being organized. I think HIKI NŌ in and of itself is pretty
standout because I haven’t heard of any other state that has a
student run news network, so being able to participate in HIKI NŌ and have that opportunity
to put yourself in a professional workplace before
you’re out of high school is just like a great opportunity for
kids who wanna pursue perhaps a career in journalism if they don’t quite know how it
is yet, then they can try it out and this is the perfect chance
to do so. ‘Kay, now let’s talk about how we feel our
skills from HIKI NŌ is going to help us in the workplace. So the skills that I learned from HIKI NŌ
that I think will help me the most was the skills that I learned
from camera work, which is what I wanna do in the future. So, I got to go out of school and film a shoot
with a teacher named Betty Santoki, and it was like a new experience for me because it
was my first time that I was the only person there, I was the
only one shooting with a camera, and at first I was very
nervous, but once I got into the rhythm, I got more comfortable, and the shots just kept
coming and I think that really helped me, and that hopefully
would transfer to the future. What about you, Rebecca? So since I’m pursuing a degree in communications,
I think that my biggest takeaway from HIKI NŌ
would be the email etiquette and communicating with people over the phone or through email. Because
personally I like working with people, especially when I — not necessarily need something from
them, but if I do happen to need information from them,
just like putting it in the right tone so it doesn’t sound like
I’m demanding it from them, and just, umm, playing the people skills moreover. But not face-to-face. I’m
trying to convey, um, professionalism, but also kindness more or less over an email,
to be like, oh, just letting you know I need this by tomorrow,
no rush, take your time. So now in a general scheme, life, how do you
think HIKI NŌ has prepared for just life? So, I think HIKI NŌ — everything that entails
what HIKI NŌ is prepares you for life because all of the
skills that come with it, like to be adaptive, cooperation, even contributing to the community,
which is the essential role of HIKI NŌ, is giving us the
power to inform our community the same way that the news
does. And even remembering HIKI NŌ and the skills
that taught us, um, something that someone who
didn’t work on HIKI NŌ might not be so strong in, like there’s still kids out there who
might not be so confident in what they’re doing, but because
we went through HIKI NŌ, we have that confidence to take
us through life. Because in life you need to be confident in
order to get yourself places. Yeah, definitely. Pretty much summed up everything that I was
going to say [ALL: [laugh], but, um, yeah, HIKI NŌ — the
skills that you learn from HIKI NŌ does translate into skills that you need in life. Especially with the
different barriers that you need to overcome in life. And I think that, with the skills that you
acquire, from working with HIKI NŌ, can help overcome those
barriers, can become greater than yourself, you know? Definitely, um, HIKI NŌ has prepared us to
just deal with obstacles in life. In our little stories, I mean,
we’ve had small, minor issues, like maybe we forgot our tripod, or we’ve messed up the
lighting. But in
the real world, we’re going to go through some obstacles, some big obstacles, and I
just think that having that perseverance and learning that perseverance
from HIKI NŌ can help us translate it to really,
anything, and just get through it. ‘Kay, so Selwyn, how would you describe your
entire HIKI NŌ experience as? I would describe it as a snapshot of an image
of what my future might hold, and I think that through these
snapshots I can make more memorable — memorable memories, and I think that, that would help
me in life. Rebecca, how ’bout you? I would actually consider my HIKI NŌ experience
as like a resume more or less, because through my
work I can show people what I’m capable of. And I’ve never really thought of myself as
anything special until I was working with HIKI NŌ, I realize
my capabilities and what I was able to do and organize and
work together with people to do. So I think, my work says a lot of what I stand
for and how I and what I produce — what quality I produce my work
as. And so I just want to be known for – I want to be in part,
known for my work. And I feel like HIKI NŌ is a great way to do that. What about you, Emily? My experience is so many things, but I think
the main thing is that it’s been so eye-opening. It has
showed me a different side of things, and it had also sparked a new passion that I didn’t
know before that was inside me. I can agree. I wasn’t so into this before, but after getting
the class, and getting more into it, that’s when I
started getting more better at what I do and now it’s my new passion. [END]

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