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Rookie reporters rise to the challenge in new film

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff writer, with CNA

From left, film director Tsai Yu-hsun, reporters Cheng Ya-fang and Liang Yu-ting, weightlifter Chiang Nien-hsin, Taipei Department of Labor Commissioner Lai Hsiang-lin and reporter Huang Chang-hao pose for a group photograph at the premiere of the documentary Incredible Rookie Reporters at the Spot Huashan Cinema in Taipei on Wednesday last week.

Photo: CNA, courtesy of Public Television Service

A documentary depicting three rookie sports reporters following their dreams as they covered stories during this year’s Taipei Summer Universiade premiered in Taipei last week.

The documentary, called Incredible Rookie Reporters (菜鳥記者94狂), shows how young people persevere to achieve their dreams, despite the problems and obstacles they encounter, Taipei Department of Labor Commissioner Lai Hsiang-lin (賴香伶) said.

The three reporters — Huang Chang-hao (黃昶豪), Liang Yu-ting (梁語庭) and Cheng Ya-fang (鄭雅方) — were also at the premiere to share their thoughts and experiences with the audience.

The department last year produced a documentary about two middle-aged women trying to overcome the physical challenges of age when they started a second career.

This year, the department focused on the challenges that young people face by filming the three reporters on the job, interviewing and reporting on various sports events at the Universiade.

People recognize the spirit that drives athletes during competitions, including persistence and determination to overcome difficulties, Lai said.

Through the film, she said she hoped they would also see the tough working conditions that reporters face and how the protagonists were able to overcome these difficulties.

Lai compared the tears of Taiwanese weightlifter Chiang Nien-hsin (江念欣), who broke her skin and bled, but persevered and won a bronze medal, to that of one of the rookie reporters, Liang.

“I think the tears had a similar meaning,” she said.

The documentary’s director, Tsai Yu-hsun (蔡侑勳), said he was deeply moved by the hard work and passion that the three reporters showed, which reminded him of his own experience of pursuing his dream when he had just graduated from school.

While many people have dreams and passion about working in the sports industry, they should never forget their original goal, Videoland Sports Channel director David Wen (文大培) said.

Success can only be achieved by first meeting setbacks, he said, adding that when people look back on those frustrating moments, they would find them memorable.

Former sports anchor Ingrid Hsu (徐裴翊) said that being a sports reporter is “not only about watching [Taiwanese baseball star] Chen Chin-feng (陳金鋒) hitting a home run,” because they also have to do many things to show the audience what they see in the field of sports.

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