On Thursrday May 30, NAMAC, NAMLE, and ACM co-hosted a panel at the Alliance for Community Media annual conference on national field-building in youth media -- current initiatives, challenges, best practices, and the role of the intermediaries in supporting a national network.
Learn more about the conversation and the panelists in this post. And read a live blog of the panel conversation as it took place.
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On May 7, 2013, panelists with diverse roles in the strategic direction of Youth Media Reporter (YMR) led an online conversation about the renewal of YMR and its relationship to the youth media field. Watch video of the conversation here and follow along with the full transcript here.
The online conversation provided a first look at the call for articles and digital media submissions for the inaugural issue, and participants had opportunities to exchange ideas to inform both this and future issues during a moderated discussion and Q&A.
Panelists included the current editor of YMR, Lora Taub-Pervizpour; the editor of YMR from 2006 - 2011, Ingrid Dahl; and longtime advisor and contributor to YMR, Steve Goodman, Executive Director of Educational Video Center. You can currently support Educational Video Center's Annual Benefit & Documentary Premiere by contributing here.
Download CFP for a special relaunch issue of Youth Media Reporter. Deadline for all manuscript and multi-media submissions: July 15, 2013.
On Monday March 11, 2013, the National Youth Media Network kicked-off their Connector Sessions with an online conversation with Dain Olsen of ArtLab High School that was moderated by Lucia Palmarini from the Community Television Network (CTVN) in Chicago. Watch video of that conversation, access a transcript, and read some takeaway comments from SpyHop Executive Director, Kasandra VerBrugghen, here.
On March 20, NAMAC hosted a live online conversation with Community Supported Film (CSFilm) to discuss the organization's approach to community-based storytelling. CSFilm is a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen documentary storytelling capacity in countries where the dissemination of objective and accurate information is essential to stabilization and development. The conversation included: CSFilm Founder, Michael Sheridan, Jamal Aram from the filmmaking team in Afghanistan, and independent filmmaker and former Executive Director of NAMAC, Helen de Michiel.
Watch the conversation here! Alternately, you can:
- Read highlights from the conversation
- Read and download a transcript of the conversation
- Download the audio of the conversation as an mp3
Through April 8, NAMAC and Community Supported Film (CSFilm) will make available, in full and for free, all of the films in the Fruit of Our Labor series. These films were made by Afghans during an intensive 5-week training in documentary production provided by CSFilm. The films, many made by first-time filmmakers, are poetic tributes to a country rebuilding itself, and serve as excellent teaching tools for educators in media production, cross-cultural communications, and international development. Watch all the films in The Fruit of Our Labor here!
Join the National Youth Media Network and NAMAC on March 11, at 5 PM EST / 2 PM PST, to launch the Network's first, bi-monthly Webinar Connector Session on topics of interest to the Youth Media Field. This inaugural session will be led by Dain Olsen, Media Arts Chair for The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), and full-time teacher at ArtLAB High School in Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Olsen will present the efforts and framework of the Common Core Arts Standards Initiative as it relates to Media Arts; explore the potential impact on the Media Arts field, and discuss how these emerging standards could be a tool for Media Arts educators in both in-school and out-of-school settings.
The discussion about providing underserved communities with “digital literacy” skills is too often limited to the skills people will need to be better media consumers. Too little emphasis is placed on equipping the public with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) skills they will need to be globally competitive and to be producers of media content.
Using technology in education is not a new phenomenon. Though this type of integration may be more prevalent now in the 21st century than what it has been in the past, it has existed in education in some form or another for decades. Media integration, on the other hand, is consistently referred to as a relatively new phenomenon in education.
What is STEAM education? It seems that everywhere you turn these days: granting organization initiatives, political platforms, White House campaigns and for-profit and non-profit programs are all talking about the importance of STEM education. How does this movement relate to the media arts and does it reflect the current needs of students in K-12 education? What happens when you add the letter “A” to STEM?
I recently completed an independent study for the end of my graduate school career that examined current trends in media arts and media literacy education in the United States.
Picture it: High school visual arts class, sophomore year. A 'C+' on my coil-technique clay plot. A 'C+’: do they even give those in art classes?!