“Pride is Political” was my first iGeneration Youth published piece, and it was definitely a fun learning experience! I believe that the best part of journalism is always being able to learn from new people, and this article really helped me expose myself to perspectives that I would never have encountered in my little comfort bubble.
There was a lot more editing that went into my article than I previously thought, but through the whole process I was able to learn that when writing an article with a limited word count every single word matters. For my next iGeneration Youth piece my main focus will definitely be communicating my ideas in the most economic way possible! I have a tendency to complicate phrases, and my editors helped me clear up my lede and highlight my core message.
I think that the eloquence of my sources really made writing an interesting article so much easier and allowed me to enjoy the whole journalistic process even more. If there’s anything I had trouble with it was definitely deciding on a singular focus and selecting the most relevant quotes that would underline my main point. I was incredibly encouraged by the enthusiasm and earnestness of my sources, but the amount of material I was able to pick and choose from was overwhelming.
Being able to learn more about the APIA LGBTQ+ community and hear from accomplished writers really inspired me, and it was interesting to be able to write about how the personal experiences of my sources shaped the impact they decided to make on society. I think it’s amazing how writer Tamiko Beyer is utilizing her writing as a form of creative advocacy to push forward issues beyond her own political identity. From global warming to the present hetero-normative society we live in, I realized that many writers use words to bring the humanity back into impersonalized social issues.
From my work on this article, I feel like the written word is a beautiful way for people to reconcile underlying issues, and enables people to use simple subject matter to discuss bigger concepts!Find More Stories