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Youth Celebrate Their Production Certification and Screen Their Work
By Karina Hurtado-Ocampo, Manager of Youth Programs and Outreach
Earlier this month, 15 ecstatic teens jammed into the George Stoney Community Studio at MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center to celebrate their graduation from the organization’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The August 14 event—packed with family, friends, neighbors and educators—included a Q&A with the students and a showcase of their final projects, “Get Right: The Use of Marijuana by Pregnant Teens” and “Paint it Loud: Gender Roles in the Dominant Media.”
The Summer Youth Employment Program is made possible with the collaboration of two community partners, Catholic Charities and Allianza Dominicana, and offers intensive training and certification in field and studio production. The six-week course, known for its ultra-fast pace and real-world demands, provides professional-level skills to Manhattan’s uptown youth.
“We waste no time in introducing participants to their first mock studio shoot,” says Patrick Forman, Lead Producer for the Youth Channel and one of the main facilitators for this summer’s training. “On day 2, we...
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On April 18 we aired “Using Social Media to Boost Your Audiencewebinar online in its entirety: That’s 58 minutes of social networking genius that you can watch on your computer whenever it’s convenient for you.
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Torres started producing WTF TV in 1994, before social media even existed. But taping a show and taking a call or two just didn’t feel like enough, so he turned to the virtual-networking tools that were available at the time: good old-fashioned voicemail and a P.O. box.
“I wanted to feel like I knew the people who were watching my show, and I wanted them to feel like they were part of the family,” Torres says. “Giving people the opportunity to tell you what they think of the show lets them feel more of a connection to you.”
As the Internet evolved, Torres continued to adopt whatever networks emerged. He now has a ...