Sep 02

Blank Canvas-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli And More

August 29 marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, there have been many ways that different media outlets have illustrated the resiliency of Louisiana The journalism field is a very competitive field in which each media outlet does their best to receive better ratings or more readership than their opponents, especially on common stories such as this one.

I have watched many stories about the resiliency of one of Louisiana’s most well-known cities , New Orleans, all of which were great, but as someone that is in the field of journalism, I tend to look for a story that does a little bit more. In my opinion this means, a story that gives me a warm heartfelt feeling inside. Seeing this type of story makes me strive to want to do a better job of reaching my audience the next time I have the opportunity to do so.

Recently, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN aired a story about New Orleans entitled Dear New Orleans. The story showed images of the city and its people after the storm and now, although this aspect of the story gave me that warm heartfelt feeling inside, seeing the entire story made me feel even warmer inside, It is not always the images that are shown or the words that are written or spoken in a story, that make a story powerful, most times it’s how the images and words in a story are arranged or delivered that make a story powerful.

In this particular story the way the words were presented was outstanding, instead of just having several people tell their story of triumph in the ordinary way, which is the interviewer interviewee format meaning the interviewer asks the interviewee questions about their story, ESPN decided to have each interviewee address the city of New Orleans directly. They accomplished this very powerful goal by having each interviewee address the city in the form of a letter. Each interviewee prior to telling their story said something very simple, but at the same time very powerful. In a letter a salutation is normally considered to be a minor part of the letter, but in this case, the salutation was the most important part. Dear New Orleans might sound like a simplistic salutation, but to me this salutation was much more than just a simple greeting. Often times there are much more to the words that we speak or write then what we know, the phrase Dear New Orleans really spoke to me every time it was spoken in the piece the resounding thought in my head was these people are very strong. This notion is something I thought I truly understood,, but after watching the piece, I now have a new respect for the people of New Orleans, the fact that these people were able to exhibit and figuratively say, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina destroyed you, and it might have taken 10 years but we built you and ourselves not only back up, but stronger, in my opinion is inspirational.

As journalists, every time we are covering a new story, it is like we are given a blank canvas, and we must do our best to create a picture on that blank canvas. When covering a tragic story such as this one it is sometimes very difficult to create a beautiful picture on that blank canvas. I was truly moved by the arrangement and presentation of this story. ESPN certainly created that beautiful picture that television viewers want when watching a story.

I would like to address the city of New Orleans in my final paragraph, Dear New Orleans, your city and were specifically the people in it have taught people all around the world about the word resiliency and the act of being resilient. I personally would like to thank all of you for teaching me a life lesson that I will never forget.