I produced this story about two transgender teens — Jake Waggoner and Wednesday Gomez — during the 2021 PBS Student Reporting Labs Summer Broadcast Academy. Creating this video allowed me to produce localized coverage during a national debate over trans rights for high school students as it was playing out in the Texas legislature. This story gave visibility to Jake and Wednesday’s experiences, showcased how families can support trans youth and provided a face to a heavily politicized issue. A version of this story was later featured on PBS News Hour.

Recognitions: First place – video feature package, CSPA Gold Circle (2022); First place – documentary video, Quill and Scroll Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest (2022); Second place broadcast news story, NSPA Clips and Clicks (fall 2021); Third place – broadcast feature, NSPA Broadcast Story of the Year (2022); “Top 15 Stories By and For Teens You May Have Missed”, PBS SRL (2021); Part of my First place – Broadcast Journalist of the Year portfolio, NSPA Individual Awards (2022)

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