OPPORTUNITY: Covering Honor Air 16


A couple months, a few JEM students went out to McGhee Tyson Airport to cover the return of Honor Air flight 15. It was an amazing experience to see over 1,000 people welcome home the World War II and Korean War veterans whom went on the flight.This time we are going to raise the bar for our coverage.

With the help of Eddie Mannis of Prestige Cleaners, who runs Honor Air Knoxville, the Medal of Honor Project has been able to secure one seat on Honor Air 16 for a student reporter. This is an amazing opportunity to create portfolio-quality work.

For those that don’t know, Honor Air flies East Tennessee WWII and Korean War veterans to Washington D.C. for a day to see the monuments created in their honor. Most of these veterans have not seen the monuments before, and it is a very emotional experience.

We are looking for a student that can create a broadcast story (7-10 min. documentary-style), following the trip of one of the veterans.


  • You MUST be free all day on April 16th. You will have to be at McGhee Tyson Airport by 7:00 a.m. (although you will probably go to the house of the veteran we cover as they prepare to leave). You will go on the chartered flight with the veterans. Stay with them all day as they visit the WWII memorial, Korean War memorial and other DC monuments. You will then return on the charter flight, arriving by at McGhee Tyson at 8:15 p.m.
  • You MUST be able to attend the pre-flight introductory meeting¬†April 5 at 9:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart School on Northshore Drive.
  • You MUST be able to shoot and report the story while in DC. You will be a one-person crew while you are in DC. You’ll have help before and after the trip, but during those 12 hours you’re on your own. You have to be able to run a camera, troubleshoot problems with the camera or audio, be able to interview the subject when needed, and sit back an let the subject react to the experience when needed.

If you are able to do the above three things, you should apply for this opportunity. It is open to any JEM student, with preference given to students that have been involved in the MoH Project. To apply fill out the form below before Sunday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.