- Traveling the world, creating photos and videos of news events…
- Working with military units as a photojournalist covering world events and situations...
- Using your camera, video camera, written words, or your own voice to tell the truth behind current events…
Do any of these activities sound like fun? If so, then this SPARK is for you!
Show Your Skills
- Portfolio of stories that you’ve “written” through stories, photos, or videos
- Website you’ve developed to tell a “story”
- Display showcasing different types of careers in journalism
Service and Leadership
- Work with local 4-H clubs to help tell their story to the public
- Find a community cause or event that needs reporting; write a story, take photos, and submit it to the news outlets locally
- Become a Teen Teacher and work with younger kids and teach them basic journalism skills
- Work with other youth to create a fundraiser and be the journalist covering the event
- Ask a local journalist to speak to a group of youth about their work and the importance of local news
- Think of a topic you love; create a blog
- Be a photojournalist, create relevant photos and sell them online
- Become a ‘stinger’ for a local media outlet, reporting local events and happenings
- Create a free website using Weebly to create a website of your news stories, photos, and videos https://www.weebly.com/
- Connecting with a Mentor
- Check with your family, friends, or local 4-H staff to see if they know anyone in the industry
- Reach out to professors at local colleges to see if they have a class you can visit
- Visit your local 4-H website or contact your leaders to see what events are going on locally; cover the ones that interest you
- Visit websites of local businesses you are interested in, contact the owner/manager and see what events are going on locally; cover the ones that interest you
4-H Spark Sheets are a collaborative effort of 4-H staff, volunteers, alumni, and teens from across Illinois. A big thanks to the many contributors and reviewers!