By Autumn Jones
Less than 24 hours after arriving at camp, campers were thrown to the lions-- literally. The interns set up activities that included the different facets of journalism. Campers were split up by team to navigate their way around the zoo while trying to win KEMPA Kup points.
As the teams used their trusty maps around the Milwaukee County Zoo, they were directed towards intern Autumn Jones at the giraffe exhibit. For the photography activity, teams were told to search around the everyday zoo environment to find letters and snap photos of them to spell out the word KEMPA.
Alphabet photography challenged each team to work together and look beyond what simple objects could be. The teams could use the zoo to their advantage, but were not given any help in finding the letters.
“I think when we were told what to do, lightbulbs went on,” said Emily Schmidt, member of Team Nickell.
As the groups walked around the exhibits nearby, they began to notice every little thing around them, from cracks in the road to tree branches.
“We found shadows of some plants and figured out that could look like the letter K. It wasn’t something that you just saw, we kind of had to look for it,” explained Keelin Ricciardi of Team Petty.
The budding journalists learned their task was all about looking closer, changing their view to see something that others may not. Like anything learned at camp, the alphabet photography could be applied to each camper’s publication.
“When you’re covering things, it’s always the same, like covering sports,” said David Sauceda. Team Dude decided to flip a photo of the skyglider to look like the letter P. “You’re trying to find a new way to cover it. When we took our photos we changed it to make it work,” continued Sauceda.
Ricciardi hit the nail on the head as she perfectly described both the function of a camera and how journalists can act the same. “I think we look at a lot of broad issues, but we can zoom in and maybe look at different perspectives of things you don’t see on the surface and dig deeper,” said Ricciardi.
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