Like I said in my reflection in class today… I can’t believe today is Friday already! This week has flown by so fast. Coming into this week I had fears that we were going to have 9 hour days full of lectures. In reality, we have had some lectures but the majority of the time has been devoted to hands on education. From learning the basics of filming to setting up interviews, it has been a hectic but enjoyable week in the classroom.
So far I have had mixed emotions about this project. From the moment I signed up for backpack journalism I have been excited to be behind the camera. That is where I feel the most comfortable and have the most experience. But interviewing is something I am a little nervous about. I have absolutely no experience in journalism so having the opportunity to interview someone down at the border is terrifying to me. I would really like to give it a try so hopefully I will have enough courage to step outside of my comfort zone and do it.
One of my biggest fears is going all the way down there and not doing justice to the people of Nogales. We have tremendous power as journalists in portraying situations and in forming opinions. It is our duty to tell the truth and not to mix the message of the people of Nogales and the surrounding area.
We talked in class about how you can feel a sense of guilt when going into areas of poverty. The thought has crossed my mind but I feel that it is my duty as a privileged person to tell their story in a way that is not harmful or misleading. We also talked about how everyone in the class is in the top .8% of the world’s wealthiest people. This comes with tremendous power that can be used for doing good or bad. It will be interesting to see what I am feeling throughout this journey. The experience in and of itself will be beneficial for me both mentally and spiritually. We are going down to the border to present a story and to depict the reality of life on the border and of the immigrants who cross it. To see their daily struggles up close and personal will be a life changing experience.
With all of these emotions and fears, how will I stay strong through this journey? My answer is simple.
The one who died on the cross and who forgave our sins is my confidence. I have had times in my life where I didn’t think things would ever get better but through it all God was always there. My past experiences are part of the reason why I am considering being a theology teacher.
Another reason for my confidence are my classmates. I know that we all have each other’s back and if I needed help with something someone would be there. The community that we have built is already good but I am excited to see how far we will go.
I will be going somewhat off the grid for the next two weeks. Besides the blogs I will be writing and the occasional check in with my parents I will not be using my phone. I believe this experience will be enhanced greatly without our first world distractions.
I hope you all keep up with our journey as we embark tomorrow morning on our own pilgrimage to Nogales, Arizona and Nogales Sonora.
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