Another Banneker HS students talks about Prime Movers Media

19 05 2010
Check out Banneker student Lynda N. talking about how the Prime Movers Media Program helped her grow as a journalist!

Roosevelt journalism student reflects…….

12 05 2010

Check out the reflection from one of our students at Roosevelt High!

Student Reflection- Mass Media 1/ Prime Movers Media

When I first came into Mass Media class, I didn’t know what to expect. The first thing that came to my mind was “as long as the teachers isn’t a crazy wack job, then I can pass this class.” I started off in Ms. Quick’s first period class and we had a talk about me sitting in the back of the class. Then the second week I was put in Mass Media 1 fourth period. In this class we worked with interns and professional journalists from the Prime Movers Media program at GWU. There I met the people who have changed my learning experience to where I like coming to class.

After a while I learned some very cool things. I have never been so excited about a class since elementary school. We, as a class, went over what our “inner G” was and how we use it. We have learned how to use technical materials such as a video camera, tripod, and computer software. I learned what a Rule of Thirds was and I also learned the different shots compositions to be taken during video recording. I typed, controlled and read a prompt and I even did a morning announcement.

The amount of people in our class surprised me and it turns out that I do work better with fewer people in the classroom. The class was not stressful in any way and I felt at ease as if though I was doing something I liked. The structure of the class was very appropriate and me and my classmates were so nice and fun to be around. With very few people in the class I was able to rise to the top and show that I can do my best.

I didn’t like when we had those pop quizzes in the beginning of the year. First off, I have a very bad memory. Second, I don’t work well under pressure. Also, when I actually tried, I only ended out with a “D” or “C” pop quiz grade. I didn’t like to walk all the way around the school to get to my fourth period class either. Oh, and I had a problem with the students in the beginning as well. But later on I got over it and just became friends.

Some things I will take into another class would be shot composition and screening. I would love to go into another Mass Media or journalism class when I got to college because it would probably be a fun experience. The concepts that I have learned in this class about speech and delivery and teen health will go a long way with me in life. Since I am a teen I can use the skills I have learned to protect myself from harm and to make sure I don’t harm others.

This quarter we took a trip to the campus of The George Washington University through Prime Movers. The campus grounds were somewhat hard to differentiate from the rest of the cityscape which makes it kind of special I think and cool at the same time. The school learning environment looked just like what I thought that a college would look like. It looked serious and very technical, not to mention ridiculously clean and the students looked very content with themselves. The reason we were there was to take a tour of the school and see the production studio and crew available through our partners, Prime Movers Media.

Finally the thing that I feel is going to be the most important memory in my life is the teamwork that is needed to run this profession. The reason that I say this is because most of the experiences that I’ve gone through have almost always needed help in some way. I came to this class with minimum camera experience, no speaking expertise, and zero interest in public speaking. Now that I have gone through this course, I feel a lot more knowledgeable about not only myself, but also about speaking professionally in front of the camera or audience.

Three PMM students have their work broadcast nationally on NPR

12 05 2010

On Sunday December 27th, 2009, three Ballou Senior High School students who participated in the Prime Movers Media program had their work featured on National Public Radio. The commentaries, which aired on the Weekend Edition Sunday show, shed light on issues of importance to the students in Dr. J.D. DiMattio’s media class. These topics, including homelessness, the criminal justice system and creative writing were heard by nearly 4 million listeners on hundreds of stations across the country. Following the broadcast, the commentaries, entitled “Sounds from Inside the Teenage Mind” were posted on NPR’s website. (See link below)

For a period of two weeks, the Prime Movers Media program sent professional journalist Charla Bear of NPR into Ballou to help the students work on a project that focused on the creation of radio commentaries. With the help of Ms. Bear and seasoned teacher Dr. J.D. DiMattio, the students learned the basics of radio broadcasting. They listened to several examples of radio stories, learned how to write for the ear, constructed commentary scripts and voiced their work. Many of the students had little to no radio experience prior to their work with Ms. Bear.

After two weeks of hard work, the students were not only able to gain a new understanding and appreciation for what it takes to produce material for radio, many were able to give a voice to their thoughts, opinions, hopes and fears. Often times, teen voices are ignored, but not for these Ballou students. Their voices will now be heard loud and clear.

Click on the link below to hear “Sounds From Inside the Teenage Mind” by Ballou HS Students!

Roosevelt journalism students produce glossy magazine!

12 05 2010

One of Prime Movers Media’s target high school media program has recently published a 28 page magazine/program regarding the DCIAA football championship. Dr. Maurice Butler’s journalism class at Roosevelt High School put together the slick, image-filled magazine that focused on all the major football programs that are part of DCIAA. His class will now move on to publishing several editions of their school newspaper and a larger magazine, “Around the DCIAA” that covers many more DCIAA athletics.

Prime Movers Media helped Dr.Butler’s program acquire a grant from the American Society of News Editors that helped them to buy cameras, acquire some training, and pay for some of the printing costs.

Regarding the magazine, Dr. Butler reports: The city athletic director and the championship committee were so pleased with the product that they are still talking about it. They told us that it was the best guide that they have ever had. We were informed that people have been calling the athletic office everyday trying to get copies of the guide. We have been contacted by other organizations to produce guides for them.”

DCIAA Championship Football Press Guide

Student Photographers: Lynorra Campbell, Brenton Coble, Bria Johnson, Bryan Simms, Melissa Wright

Student Writers: Brenton Coble, David Coates, Charles Njiande, David Weston

Student Layout and Design Artist: Diara Rowland

Contributing Photographers (Adults): Clifford “Toby” Gibbs (Dunbar), Michael Starghill, Jr. (Coolidge), P. Irene Jones (Eastern)

Thoughts from the Journalism Education Association convention

12 05 2010

Several Prime Movers Media students received scholarships to attend the 2009 Journalism Education Association convention compliments of a the Prime Movers Media program and a grant provided by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation! George Washington University student intern Andrea Vittorio also attended the conference and interviewed a few Prime Movers Media students after the convention to get their reactions! Check out the students responses below!

1) What did you think of the convention?

M. Ross: “It was very informative. I learned a lot at the convention.”

B. Hernandez: “Well, the convention was wow! Speechless. I had a great time, you know, it was a good life experience! I wish I could do it again.”

A. Miller: “It was nice. It had a lot of different stuff. I liked it.”

2) What sessions did you attend?

M. Ross: “The CNN…I can’t remember the guy’s name, but he was talking about the importance of journalism and how he felt it was good that many kids were attending the convention.”

B. Hernandez: “Photography, politics”

A. Miller: “A First Amendment one where they were debating different sides of the story. It was also a dance presentation.”

3) Which session was your favorite?

M. Ross: “It would probably have to be…the one where we experimented with like the rights of students. We did a exercise where we debated whether or not this kid had the right to wear a Coca Cola shirt where a commercial was being shot for the school where everyone was supposed to wear Pepsi shirts. And the kid, you know, disobeyed rules and wore a Coke shirt and the debate was about that.”

B. Hernandez: “Photography… because he just broke it down. He had some good shots and pretty much told us that whenever we take a picture, you have to take it from every angle.”

A. Miller: “The dancing!”

4) What was your favorite part of the whole convention?

M. Ross: “Probably the assembly. We got to see you know a performance by this dance group and it was a open panel—we got to ask questions.”

B. Hernandez: “My favorite part of the whole convention is just that I got to meet a lot of new people and I learned new things.”

A. Miller: “My favorite part?….. The whole thing!”

5) Do you think you learned anything?

M. Ross: “Yea I think I learned how to associate what I wanna do with my writing. A lot of people was tellin me that the best way is to, you know, I can combine both of what I want to do—psychology and writing an both—which makes for a better story overall.”

B. Hernandez: “I leaned about online newspapers and I learned about different students problems while they produce their newspapers at school.”

A. Miller: “Yes. I learned that if you really want to get a story out, you gotta be committed and you gotta work hard. And even if it gets poor reviews, you still gotta get back up from it and try it again.

Journalism students hard @ work!!

12 05 2010

Through their eyes: A former intern’s perspective

12 05 2010

When I first registered for Prime Movers I was not sure what to expect. I had never worked with high school students before and was more than a little nervous starting off. As a student myself I did not know how the students would react towards me. Once I got into the classroom setting and got to know everyone around me, my nervousness disappeared. Everyone was so welcoming and I felt as though they really wanted my help and were really happy I was there. In the end, this turned out to be one of the best experiences of my college career. I interned at the Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School. I had the opportunity to watch these students grow academically over the semester.
My primary responsibilities were to help the students with their media assignments. We worked on everything from personal statements on camera to producing full commercials. My own favorite project was the commercials the students produced in the middle of the semester. From coming up with a product to sell to editing the final commercial together, it was so rewarding to see the students faces when they watched the final product. But more then just helping them with their work, I enjoyed talking to them and answering their questions about college. I really felt like I got to connect with them on a level I had never connected to students before.While I had assumed I would teach them something, I didn’t realize that by getting to know these students, I would learn something about myself. I learned what a great feeling it was to witness someone as they succeed in what they set their minds to do. I also realized how much I loved being in a classroom as a teacher and a student. I had the opportunity to watch these students grow academically throughout the semester and got the opportunity to help them with their work. It was such a rewarding experience for me to watch the students feel proud of their work.I had such a great experience with Prime Movers and wish I could do it another semester, but now it’s on to graduation. I loved the school I worked at and am thankful for the impact each of the people there made on me. Prime Movers really is a great program and I am lucky to attend a school that offers opportunities like this one. The fact that GW offers such a program shows what a special institution it truly is. I am really grateful to everyone in this room who has made this program possible and for giving me the chance to create life long memories.