July Multimedia Journalism Recap by Kristen McPeek

I just finished my third month reporting for CBS 2 in Boise, Idaho. As I continue to grow, I find myself more comfortable telling stories. However, that comfort surfaces new challenges, and with those challenges creates new goals.

July was the first month I reported on multiple breaking news events. Getting information and flipping it within minutes can be a challenge. My goal is to deliver clean points to viewers. Because to me, that is what my job is all about. Its the viewers who I hope to connect with.

Summer in Sandpoint by Kristen McPeek

I spent my weekend at home in Sandpoint, Idaho where my parents have a lavender farm and my friend has a lake house. I stayed at the lake until late in the evening and woke up early in the morning to help my family harvest. I didn’t get much sleep, but I enjoyed my time so much it didn’t matter.

Since I moved away in college I would remanence on Sandpoint and wonder if growing up there was a dream. I now visit again and I feel like a tourist, but I’m rather capturing feelings and memories on camera rather than landmarks or pretty scenes. I feel that each thing I take a picture of, means something to me and my childhood.

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Sun Valley, Idaho stole my heart by Kristen McPeek


And there you have it, Sun Valley stole my heart. From some of its cozy stores, to outdoor activities and events, this was the weekend getaway I needed. We ended our trip with a Sunday hike through the wildflowers. We hiked about an hour and a half on a loop called Chocolate Gulch.


While the trip wouldn’t have been complete without this hike, we still filled our time with outdoor ice skating in June, a concert, food and refreshing local beer. We also weaved in and out of local stores, each of them offering their own styles and experiences.


But it was some of the locals who put smiles on our faces. Their recommendations actually placed us on this hike. Drivers were curious, and everyone was simply friendly.


Sun Valley, I’ll see you again.


Film is a time capsule by Kristen McPeek

After one year I finally developed a roll of film from my Minolta 7000 film camera. The film had photos from a weekend trip to Las Vegas last year, my horses at home, and some scenes from downtown Boise. Getting film developed is like Christmas, because you never know what you’re going to get, but you know it will be good!

I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for some creativity without pressure to get a film camera. It’s fun because you aren’t critiquing your work with the instant preview in the playback, and you learn to accept the imperfections when the film is finally processed. Plus the photos has sentiment and value because there is only about 30 pictures you can take.

I don’t think anyone needs an expensive polaroid, or a vintage camera from an antique store, a disposable camera is just as great and still has the soft film look. I develop my film at Idaho Camera in Boise and it is typically done in a day or two. One of the down-sides to shooting film is that it does cost to buy the camera and process the film, but it’s a fun creative process that I believe is well worth it.

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