Help me give my students an opportunity to shoot action sports. With more than 50 designated photojournalists in the program and another 30 who like to practice, the Sigma lens is the most versatile and useful for sports.
My colleague and I are the journalism teachers/department at K.H.S. and see just over 300 students per day come through our building. Grades 9-12, all backgrounds, genders, talents and interests are invited to find something they connect with. We both believe journalism is the great equalizer. You can write, shoot photographs, take video, design, create art, post to social media, design web, market and advertise. Boom! If you show an interest or passion, I'll take you down all these paths in hopes of finding a connection.
We have intentionally grown the program.
Eleven years ago the newspaper and yearbook staffs were both under 30 students. Now each totals over 90 students. In addition we have a broadcast class and six introductory sections of journalism. We have created an environment which encourages student-led decision making, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.
My newspaper and yearbook staffs are each just over 90 students grades 10-12. Male, female, transgender, non-verbal and special needs kids all make up my wonderful staffs. We are all-inclusive and all accepting. We’ve created a culture of caring and support while doing some amazing journalism.
We have about 80 students who shoot for our news magazine, website and yearbook, and the most difficult thing to shoot is action sports. The Sigma 70-200, f2.8 is the most versatile lens to allow kids to shoot action sports like basketball, lacrosse, and baseball.
This lens is used by professional photojournalists to capture action sports, and I love to allow my kids the same opportunity as professionals.
I have also found photojournalism as a great connector to kids in high school. I find kids who do not like to write, and I hook them into it with photography. What they do not realize is that the camera connects them to people. They have to interact and conduct interviews while they shoot so they can write captions to pair with their photos.
So, in a way, I am tricking them into writing! This lens will open their world to high-level sports photojournalism. Thank you for considering!
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