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Clip of the Week: Youth Channel Certified Producer Promo

Classes, Clip of the Week, Community Media, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, MNN Youth Channel, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's Clip of the Week features not just the awesome production work, but the quality, innovative services and training offered by the Youth Channel (YC) up at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.

The staff and producers at YC are as creative and driven as people come, and they work hard on every minute of the wide-ranging media they produce. Case in point: Check out our featured clip - this promo for the training available to young people at the Youth Media Center. We love the music, energy and vibe - and, of course, the actual certification program that's being promoted.

Here's what we need you to do: Share the promo, along with a link to YC's website, with...

First Spanish-Language TV Production Course at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Comes to a Successful Close

Classes, Community Media, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

It’s a wrap! Huge congrats to the students who last week completed production training as part of the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center’s first-ever course taught in Spanish.

Responding to the needs of its constituency in East Harlem, Harlem and Washington Heights, El Barrio Firehouse Director Iris Morales and MNN Director of External Affairs Zenaida Mendez launched the inaugural Spanish-language course in March. More than a dozen people participated in the six-week session, gathering every Saturday to learn basic video-camera techniques and how to edit using Final Cut Pro.

“Now I feel secure with what I’m doing,” says Manuel Sierra, a professional photographer in Manhattan and one of the course’s participants. Sierra notes that he was able to reach proficiency with a video camera quickly since the talented teacher was always there to help - “to answer all my crazy questions,” he adds. The result: “No guessing anymore,” Sierra says.

Field Production training is the first step in El Barrio Firehouse’s Community Builders...

Clip of the Week: eHarlemTV

Classes, Clip of the Week, Community Media, Events, MNN El Barrio Firehouse, News and Views, Programming Highlights By Lee Walker Helland

Welcome back from a nice, long weekend, everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed celebrating MLK. For this special edition of Clip of the Week, we’re actually featuring a throwback (yes, we know it’s not Thursday).

Two years ago, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center was getting its final polishes and coats of paint. The facility opened its doors in early 2012 to function as an unprecedented resource for residents of East Harlem and the rest of Manhattan, and that’s just what it’s done. Shortly after, eHarlemTV, a monthly MNN program that puts the spotlight on the rich culture and history of the barrios, produced a profile of the Firehouse’s journey from run-down relic to cutting-edge production and media education center.

Watch the video to see how El Barrio Firehouse preserves the neighborhood’s architecture and history, and how it closes the “digital...