Sophie Mcdonough

Health and Science School

"Storytelling and reporting seemed almost natural for me."

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Six-word Memoir: Heard is the right of all.

Why did you choose to get involved in storytelling?

I’ve always loved telling stories, whether it be a fictional world I created or the story of a real person’s battles. I’ve loved writing since I was young, songwriting, poetry, writing, etc., and I’m passionate about how stories can create a narrative to change the world, so storytelling and reporting seemed almost natural for me.

What story are you most proud of?

The film I am most proud of is one I made when I was in seventh grade. The film was a music video called, “A Body To Die For,” and it focused on a teenager suffering from an eating disorder. Not only were the lyrics well written and told a story of suffering turned learning, discovery, and healing, but the directing did an excellent job of telling the character’s story and connecting to the lyrics of the song. The video was entertaining while being informational, showing people one story of the many suffering with eating disorders.

How can youth media change the world? 

Most of the media coverage on the coronavirus or COVID-19 so far has been from older people or adults, and the majority of it has been more scientific rather then personal, containing mostly facts and statistics. Youth media can not only contain the same facts and statistics, but it also unveils a new perspective. One from specific stories of communities and families, and from the eyes of someone with a new, creative mind.

Who is your role model?

Ever since I was young, I have always looked up to my father. Not only is he an incredibly responsible, honest, intelligent person, but he also has always supported me, given me good advice, and actually listened to my opinions and ideas. Even when I was a tiny toddler who didn’t know much yet, he still respected me and treated me like every other human. I’ve never met anyone so understanding, respectful, and caring, and I strive to be as hardworking, devoted, and loving as him. Love you dad!

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