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Behind the Scenes: Media Edition

By: Julia Johnston

Media is often overlooked and pushed to the side as an “easy” branch, but the truth is that Media requires a lot more work than most people might think. So what kind of work does each branch of Media do? Who are the editors and leaders of this branch? Well, to answer these questions, let’s jump into the four branches: Broadcast, Photography, Social Media, and Print. 


Broadcast works tirelessly every day to produce various funny and entertaining videos for the delegates. Miller Dalton and Cooper Pate are the editors of this branch and can attest to the hard work that goes into every single video they show. “Sleep is pretty foreign to us in Broadcast. Two years ago we had to stay up until 4:00 AM editing a video,” Dalton said. The passion and determination to finish their projects no matter the time are what makes this branch so special.  “Broadcasting is a lot more work than people give it credit for. Hours of work go into each of our videos because we want to produce the best content we can,” Pate said. 


Next Photography. The people in Photography go around to all of the buildings and branches taking photos and talking to the delegates. Their photos are shown at big events, like the Gala, are seen in articles, and promoted on social media. They mix and work with the other branches and are always ready to supply amazing photos. The head editor of this branch is Sarita Lokesh. “The photographers travel throughout the conference and go to various program areas to take photos of intense moments of debate,” Lokesh said. She takes charge of compiling all of the photos and choosing the best ones for the slideshow. “It is hard to manage everyone because they go off on their own. I have to find a balance of letting people go off and have their freedom while still telling them what to do and giving them direction,” Lokesh said.

Social Media

“The heartbeat of media” as editor Tory Erwin put it, is Social Media. “Social Media is a time capsule for amazing memories of the past because people can go back and look at their past experiences at [NC] Y&G,” Erwin said. Social Media serves to give everyone at NC Y&G updates and information about anything and everything. “I definitely think Social Media is overlooked because people see Instagram and Twitter posts but they don’t really realize how much work went into all the captions and photos. They don’t really notice the small things that we do to make everything perfect,” Charlotte Crooks said.


Print is the branch of Media in charge of writing articles and interviewing/getting quotes from delegates and any other important people in the NC Y&G process. The two editors of Print are Alex Johnson and Emmy Martin. The editors revise and edit the articles that the other group members write. “We correct what needs amending, pick a photo appropriate for the article, and then publish it to the Youth and Government website,” Johnson said. But the work for these editors begins far before the conference. “One thing that most people don’t know about is that we actually had meetings every week [leading up to conference] and were in constant contact with our delegates brainstorming ideas before the weekend,” Martin said. 


Lastly, there are two very special people: Caroline Crumrine and Abbi Bennett, the two Co-Editors-in-Chief of Media. They look over all the branches and make sure everything is running smoothly and help where it’s needed. “We serve as leaders who oversee all the branches and make sure everyone is on schedule,” Bennett said. “Because the fact there are four branches, it can be very difficult making sure we are equally observing every branch,” Crumrine said.

Overall, Media is a branch filled with talented and diligent workers who take so much time in each branch they do. Although not always properly recognized, the people in Media put in a lot of time and the results are seen through their content: the amazing photos, videos, and articles published throughout conference.