Why Backpack Journalism? I have been asked this multiple times by family and friends when I tell them about this trip.
In addition to the logical aspects, the main reason I am going on this trip is to get firsthand experience with the process of compiling information and film to create a documentary.
Then I’m usually asked why I am going to Alaska and what I will be doing there. I explain that I will be making a documentary, and they are surprised as I have no previous experience with film.
The fact that this trip is more than just an opportunity for tourism is definitely what attracted me to this experience. While other FLPA trips would have included some beautiful sightseeing and incredible experiences, none of them offered the making of a documentary during the trip.
I hope to gain some insight into a wholly different culture. Going there and observing the culture and religion, and the relationship between those, is going to be an incredible experience.
ALSO I get to hang out with people like this, so that’s pretty neat.