Yeonseo Seok

Westview High School

"My passion has the power to make a positive impact on someone's life."

Hometown: San Diego, California

PBS Mentor Station: PBS SoCal

Six-word Memoir: Always looking for a fun challenge.

Why did you choose to get involved in storytelling?

Even at a young age, I loved talking and telling fun stories to my friends and family. I chose to get involved in storytelling because I realized I could make a career for myself with something that I already enjoyed. Best of all, my passion has the power to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

What story are you most proud of?

The story I am most proud of is on the Public Art around Solana Beach and how students in San Diego are contributing to art. Not only does Public Art add color to the community, but it also serves as a conversation starter. Solana Beach, a city devoted to art and culture, uses public art to bring people together and to enhance their history and culture. We interviewed students from Sunset High School who were participating in a student art show and got their perspective on the importance of public art. The story is very memorable because I got to go to the beach to collect b-roll, instead of going to school. In the end, all of our hard work payed off when the story aired on KPBS.

How can youth media change the world? 

Youth media can inform the world during the Coronavirus pandemic by providing precious perspective to the world. In the blink of an eye, our daily routines have changed drastically, from the way we connect with our friends to the way we learn. It is important that we use our voice to share this experience during these pressing times and make sure we do not go unnoticed.

Who is your role model?

My role model is Juju Chang. Growing up, she was one of the only Asian-American journalist I ever saw on T.V. Seeing her successful career gave me hope and made me realize the importance of representation in media.

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