Interview with Franklyn Rodriguez

nonameFranklyn Rodriguez, originally from Bellerose, Queens, is now working towards a media study degree at UB.

Rodriguez always had an interest in media, but that interest turned into a passion after he spent two years as an intern at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Rodriguez landed the position through a connection from a friend.  The center was looking for a production assistant interested in video and the wider media industry. Rodriguez’s eagerness about the offer and his experience in the field made him an easy selection for the job — no resume submission necessary.

On the job, Rodriguez was rarely found without a video camera in tow.  He was responsible for capturing footage of youth group events, such as drama performances.  From production to showtime, Rodriguez followed the youth group as they prepared for their production of Annie Junior.  He also wrote a 15 minute piece about the show.

Rodriguez put his media knowledge to use when he taught 12 kids how to use a video camera, set up audio, and edit on Final Cut Pro.  This was new and challenging for Rodriguez, but he enjoyed the experience.

“I went in with no knowledge about teaching,” Rodriguez said.  “I had to get an authority position that I never [before] sustained for more than a couple minutes.”

Rodriguez gave the youth constructive criticism on their projects and enjoyed watching them learn and progress.  He was also excited to see the youth expand their social circles beyond the Christian culture they had always been exposed to.

Rodriguez’s team members often praised him for his dedication to the projects he worked on during the internship.

During his time at the Christian Cultural Center, Rodriguez learned that the media industry is far broader than he thought.  He discovered that even a church youth group is dependent on video production.

“The media game is not just what you see on TV,” Rodriguez said.

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One response to “Interview with Franklyn Rodriguez

  1. Lead: 3/4 Your lead on this is weak. You could have given it much more boost. Start with him helping a kid with the camera. The idea of the exercise is to help you learn to retell stories. Start with the story and you will have a stronger pull on the reader.

    Storytelling/Interviewing/Quotes: 2/3 This story stays flat. Why? Did you not ask the right questions in the interview? Did you ask F how he felt while teaching? What did he learn about himself from the kids? Did you ask him to tell you step by step how the workshop went? That would get you good quotes and a progression for your story.

    Grammar: 3/3 This is a perfect example of how to transform your prose from good to great.
    This is flat and lifeless:

    Rodriguez put his media knowledge to use when he taught 12 kids how to use a video camera, set up audio, and edit on Final Cut Pro. This was new and challenging for Rodriguez, but he enjoyed the experience.

    Say:
    Rodriguez was nervous. How would he teach all these kids? He had always been a whiz with a camera. He’d been recording audio since xx and editing with Final Cut Pro since xxx. But when he looked out at their xx faces, he felt….

    See the difference?

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