Each one of their speeches provided an emotional eye opener for the students and volunteers.
We were presented with an assembly of pictures taken by the photographers as they waded the wreckage and high waters of Hurricane Katrina. Both Jackson and Isbell were dedicated to informing the world with what was going on each day, no matter what tough decisions were thrown at them.
Jackson told us about a story centered around a brave man who had to choose between which family member to save as their family home was torn apart beneath their feet.
The man was forced to make the hardest decision as he watched his granddaughter be pulled away by Katrina’s rushing waters only later to face the fact that his ill mother had passed away as well.
Due to her position in the United States Air Force, the man and his remaining family were given her service flag, which inspired Ted Jackson to shoot his picture holding the flag as a slight thunderstorm flashed behind them.
Jackson later said the picture was one of his greatest accomplishments as a photographer and as a journalist.
“A journalist’s job is to run to the storm and not away from it,” Jackson said
I along with one of my other team members from Team Nudlezzz, Kassidy Biss, interviewed Jackson after his presentation
Photastic4’s Kielee Clement interviewed Isbell later in the day after his presentation.
You’ll have to visit the website later in the week to see our final pieces.
— Charlie Robinson