Student Documentary on Forbes Magazine's Most Miserable List is Online
In 2009 and 2011, Forbes Magazine ranked Stockton number one as America's "Most Miserable City". This dubious distinction prompted four Pacific students to explore the criteria, the significance, and the impact of the ranking in a documentary format.
"Out of Our Misery: Stockton's Stigma as the Most Miserable City" is a 30-minute investigation of Stockton's placement in the Forbes list. Daniel Ray ('10), Patrick Walton ('10), Sarah Martin ('11), and Colleen Smith ('11) have put together an assessment of Stockton as a city, from the perspective of its leaders and its citizens.
With help from a Pacific Fund grant, the production team also traveled to New York City to interview Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen about his decision to create the list and his thinking behind the criteria.
"I am so proud of these students," said Alan Ray, Communication professor and executive producer of the documentary. "They were motivated to get at the truth and complexity of the city's aura. I think they proved that despite its problems, Stocktonians are proud of what the town means to them."
The documentary includes interviews with Pacific's Robert Benedetti, Ph.D., Jeffrey Michael, Ph.D. and Cathy Dodson. Mayor Ann Johnston, Police Chief Blair Ulring, and News 10 reporter Tim Daly are also featured.
The documentary is available on Vimeo.com. The link is: http://www.vimeo.com/23001640.