In this video, students at John Hopkins Middle School take an in-depth look at chronic fighting at their school.
D’Qonton, an eighth grader at John Hopkins who produced this video, writes below how journalism has made a difference in his life and in his schoolwork.
Photography and journalism have made me a different person.
For the first time, I love telling stories because I can express myself through photos. It makes me want to come to school every day, and it has given me something that I’m really good at.
I like being able to tell stories without using words. I like being able to tell people things that are important in my life.
That’s how I came up with the idea of fights as the theme for our PBS project. They happen around me, in my neighborhood and at school. I thought it was important to tell this story because it shows people that when you do something in the neighborhood, it affects the school. It’s important for people to understand why this happens (frustration, anger and problems at home) because if we don’t understand it, we could never solve the situation or problem.
I started journalism in the sixth grade, which is where I discovered photography. Taking photographs is like a meditating process for me; it lets me relax and no one is telling me to do this or do that.
I’m proud of my work. Seeing my photos in print, and finishing this PBS project, makes me feel like I can do anything. I have come a long way and I can’t stop now.
Seeing my finished projects make me feel like a millionaire.
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