Little Big League
In my life, there have been three consistent things: My family, Judaism, and sports. Those are the three things that I will find joy in no matter what. One of these three things is a part of everything I do, whether it’s directly or indirectly. These three things are my passions in life and I have always known that, but there is a difference when you come to the realization and can admit it. It gives a sense of calm in your life. It makes you appreciate the little things, and it lets you smile, even in the worst of times. I hope that everyone gets a chance to figure out and realize what are their passions because it really shows you why life is worth living.
As I was looking for piece of broadcast journalism to analyze, I came across an old piece from November 2010. The piece appeared on ESPN’s E:60 on its website. The story reminded me why I love talking and listening to people. It gives me chance to here stories of triumph and tragedy. It gives me the chance to talk to people who make differences in people’s lives and to listen to people who have been affected by those people. When I watched this story, I admit I teared up. I smiled watching the story, because the three things that are consistent in my life, were very similar to that of this 6 year-old boy, Josiah Viera. I advise everyone to watch this story. It is a prime example of excellent journalism.
The story is beautifully crafted bringing the viewer in from the very beginning without giving away the full story. The story was complex, but not confusing. It started out with a powerful beginning that makes you think about something bigger than yourself. And even before telling Josiah’s story, it sets up a context for life and compares it to baseball. And it eventually makes the full circle coming back to baseball after explaining Josiah’s history. With soundbites from his mother, grandparents, and sister, Josiah’s story isn’t told, but shown. The writing brings positivity and triumph to a tragic story. The writing doesn’t just write to the video, but writes to the story. There is a sense of realism within the writing during the low and high times, but shows the bright side of the story. The pauses in Tom Rinaldi’s (Journalist) writing makes you feel like he frames the story and that the voices in the story tell the story.
The visuals to the story are tremendous with the writing. With only one repeated shot, the viewer can really understand the setting. The visuals show you not only Josiah from friends and family’s perspective, but also life from Josiah’s perspective. The different camera angles and techniques make the story extremely visually appealing.
Also, the music and natural sound in the background of the story constantly plays to the story. The use of natural sound makes the viewer feel like they were there. The crack of the bat, cheer of the crowds, and smack of the ball hitting the mitt places the viewer on the baseball diamond.
Rinaldi lets Josiah play baseball during his interview easing him, always speaking slowly and repeating what Josiah says. The best part of his interviewing is how he lets his interviewees talk about their feelings. He lets them talk with simple yet powerful questions. Asking his mother how her son dying made her feel and what Josiah thought heaven looked like.
This story is why I love broadcast journalism. The opportunities to tell people’s stories is a feeling like none other. To be able to talk about the good guys winning and bad guys winning; to be able to make a difference on someone’s life is not easy. The ability to change people’s thoughts, opinions, and outlooks on life is difficult, but in broadcast journalism, that is your job. And that’s what makes the profession so amazing. It’s not just being a journalist telling the stories of people and facts about a situation, but it is also showing the audience.