We start the Backpack Journalism 2014 on Monday. Officially start, that is. Preparations have been going on for just about a year. It’s always amazing how quickly that first day of class or boot camp as we affectionately and accurately call it arrives.
My faculty colleagues — John O’Keefe, Tim Guthrie — and I will be doing more packing than layering T-shirts and jeans into a suitcase. Tim will be doing the near impossible for anyone but Tim as he teaches them how to shoot and edit video, how to get good audio and how to tell good stories in five short days. Layered in there will be theology and feature writing as we get this great group of students ready for Bethel, Alaska.
It all adds up to new ways of looking at the world and learning the necessity of bearing witness, being present and telling people’s stories the best way we can.
Now, if I could only close that suitcase …