VIDEO: A Year in Review through the camera’s lens

Take a look back at some of the most memorable captured moments of 2020 from Clark County Today

CLARK COUNTY — In the past 12 months, the way we at Clark County Today capture moments in time has changed profoundly, but that never stopped us from telling vibrant video stories.

In January, we traveled to Astoria, OR to document Vancouver students launching mini boats they had constructed with the help of the Columbia River maritime Museum. 

Shortly thereafter, we took an in-depth look at homeschooling in Clark County. At the beginning of March, we unveiled our three part documentary series, “Rocky Mountain” on the Yacolt Mountain Quarry; our largest project to-date.

Then everything changed. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to take center stage, we made the move to strategically choosing which stories we could film in-person and which we would have to be creative with. For a time, we produced a live stream update in place of our weekly news show. 

As spring came, we found our groove. We began covering more outdoor events again, like golf, farmers markets and even community gardening. Multiple outdoor shows of support for healthcare workers also made it into our coverage; whether it was jets, fire trucks or families in their cars. 

At the start of summer, a multitude of new video projects and opportunities came about. From our micro-documentary on a D-day veteran, to coverage of black voices in the community, to crazy firework sales, we were there with our camera’s rolling. 

We missed out on many community festivals, parades and gatherings over the summer and into the holidays, but we did see drive-by graduations, parades in support of area police, student-led protests, and a massive outdoor worship concert along the Vancouver waterfront. 

In 2020, we also launched the Clark County Today UPDATE five days a week. 

The volume and variety of content has been extensive and detailed. Our show helped to tell the stories of small businesses affected by the pandemic, loved-ones overcoming the virus, history being preserved up north, and all the families affected by the wildfires that surrounded Clark County.

More recently, we brought you the stories of WWII veterans from Clark County who served in Europe, the Pacific and here at home. We’ve also made a point of talking to everyday people doing extraordinary things like teaching music virtually, cycling with diabetes, baking bread COVID-style, donating thousands of blankets, and saving lives through medical care.

We made the annual rounds to a few of our favorite pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms too, and saw how sometimes the simple traditions, even modified, can bring tremendous unity and joy. 

All in all, 2020 was a year of visuals we never saw coming, and projects we had only dreamed of. We hope you take a minute to look back with us on what is truly a historic, challenging and memorable year. 

Happy New Year Clark County. Here’s to seeing the next one even clearer through the lens.

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About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of WSU Pullman’s Edward R. Murrow College where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. He has won a regional Emmy and Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his film work. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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