The Foothill Dragon Press
About The Foothill Dragon Press:The Foothill Dragon Press seeks to provide the Foothill community of students, staff, parents, alumni and others with accurate, responsible journalism. Blogs and opinion pieces reflect the opinions of individual writers, while unsigned editorials reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board, not the school, the school district, or any other employee.
The Foothill Dragon Press publishes new content throughout the academic year, with some exceptions for semester breaks and exam periods. The Dragon Press belongs to the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and the Tri-County Journalism Education Association. The advisor is Melissa Wantz.
Awards: During its first year of publication in 2009-2010, The Foothill Dragon Press was honored as the “Best Online News Website” in Ventura County by the Ventura County Star. The Tri-County Journalism Education Association in May 2010 selected this news site as "Best Online News Website" in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties. The National Scholastic Press Association awarded the Dragon Press second place “Best of Show” in November 2010 at the national Journalism Education Association Convention in Kansas City and designated the publication All-American status in January 2011.
What I do: Create news videos of many different varieties and styles. My goal is to inform individuals about what is happening in the community, and provide insight in various perspectives.
My three best works: The Renaissance Rally 2010, Staff Spotlight: Richard Geib, and the Bioscience Disaster Simulation.
- Renaissance Rally- I love this video because it offers a unique perspective of the students describing what they thought of the new renaissance shirts they received. It also sums up what happened that day, capturing the excitement and fun of the entire celebration.
- Staff Spotlight: Richard Geib- This video had a unique impact on me. Working alone with only a video camera and a few questions on a sheet of paper, I learned how to interview someone without getting nervous. I realized if you just relax and talk as if it were a conversation, it does not feel so bad. I also particularly like this video because it offers unique insight about Richard Geib and his opinions of what it is like to work at Foothill.
- Bioscience Disaster Simulation- This video had to be one of the most entertaining to film. With many Bioscience students acting and playing the role of a victim in danger, all covered in fake blood, it was hard not to laugh while filming. Overall, it was a very interesting video, showing the skills of the Bioscience students, and how they respond and treat several victims at once. I learned how to manage different angles and shots in order to make the Earthquake Simulation video look interesting. The students were very open to interviews which also made it more appealing.
Click here for all the Dragon Press videos I have done this year.