Nia Pope '14 pursued her interest in broadcast journalism this summer when she spent five days in the Music Journalism program at the competitive Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Camp. Nia submitted videos she had created and edited in the Broadcast Media Shop at Polytech High School; she was the only student from Delaware attending the program. Below she took a moment to answer a few questions about the experience:
Why did you apply to GRAMMY Camp? What interests you?
I hope to study in the mass communications field, whether it's with tv and radio or broadcast journalism. I'm interested in reporting about celebrities in everything from music to movies to drama so basically, entertainment. I always knew this is what I wanted to do. My first choice at GRAMMY Camp was Music Journalism and my second choice was Video Production; I got my first choice!
What did you learn that will be helpful to you in this field?
In terms of writing and interviewing skills, I learned when editing your own pieces to always have more than one person look at your written work to catch any mistakes. When it comes to interviewing, I learned always to be proactive, don't be scared to go up to someone and interview and always to relate to the interviewee because they love to talk about themselves. I really learned about journalism and what it's like to be in the field and the importance of being an honest person in the field. If I were to go back next year, I would do video production.
What are your plans for the future?
For college I am looking for experience in mass communications. I'm looking for a lot of internships and hands-on opportunities to learn the field. Luckily with being part of GRAMMY Camp I get to participate as a volunteer when the Grammys return to New York in January, 2018. Those are the types of opportunities I hope to get!
What did you learn at St. Anne's that is useful to you in your researching, interviewing, and writing?
I have to say my grammar has always been extremely good based on endless classes with Mrs. G. and Mrs. Cameron. Also, St. Anne's made me always remember God comes first before anything. And then you can have fun and network and everything else.
Congratulations and best of luck, Nia! Learn more about her experience at GRAMMYCamp as reported recently in the Dover Post.