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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 6, 2010

My few years were a blur, most enjoyable

By Stanley Lee
Advertiser Staff Writer

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Stanley Lee

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Editor's Note: Stanley Lee has been with The Advertiser since 2007 as a reporter and videographer. He is a graduate of McKinley High School, where he ran and coached cross country, and is currently finishing his master's degree at the University of Hawai'i.

It's difficult to summarize or highlight favorite memories of my short existence here.

Honestly, it was a blast 90 percent of the time, and many of those moments mesh into a giant blob in my head.

While the other 10 percent sucked, it was still better than my friend's great day at the accounting firm. Being 20-something, living out my dream job, and mentored by such wise colleagues in the sports department ... extraordinary.

Our multimedia presence allowed us to twist the definition of what it meant to be a newspaper, to be nontraditional, and do crazy stuff. To use sports terminology, it was a team effort.

Along with fellow videographer Leila Wai, we shot, edited, and produced all 25 matches from the 2008 state high school wrestling championships. We started shooting video at 4 p.m. and began editing around 9 p.m.

As the night wore on, the editing slowed down and I cursed repeatedly at this supposed great idea.

But by the following morning, the Online staff had all the videos up on The Advertiser website.

It was probably the first time we used our video presence in that magnitude and capacity. It was also the first time I felt proud of my work.

Despite the time and effort, we continued with this project in the following years, tweaking and modifying it each time, using multimedia to expand our coverage.

Last May, we went wild with our coverage of the state high school track and field championships (mostly because it's one of the best sports ever). Leila shot videos of all the running events and I proposed a great idea to my editor of interviewing and taking photos of all 32 event winners.

I also had to write two stories on the meet for the following day's paper. He tried to talk me out of my idea on multiple occasions, but I somehow convinced him it was doable. Two hours into the track meet, I called and told him this was the stupidest idea ever. In the end, there were two recaps of Saturday's meet in Sunday's paper, and on Tuesday, we ran a full-page spread with photos and mini recaps of all 32 event winners.

I later spent the summer in recovery.

To be creative and different in what we did, the credit goes to the sports staff.

Thanks for being great teachers and mentors, for giving me confidence to take on the world.

Peace out.