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Hartford Journalism and Media Academy Students Win Award For Video Production

July 9, 2014

By Aneri Pattani, The Hartford Courant

July 09--HARTFORD -- Students from the Journalism and Media Academy began enjoying their time in the spotlight early on.

Three recent graduates won the High School Award for Excellence -- called a student Emmy -- from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for a video they produced, directed and edited.

Greidy Montalvo-Fulcar, David Buie and Daniel Livent received the award at a ceremony at The Boston Globe on June 18 for their video, "Attendance Matters." They are all students at the academy's satellite campus at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network'sLearning Lab, which opened this past school year.

"We are really proud of them," said Principal Leonard Epps. "This speaks to the importance of engagement and really having students pour themselves into the work they're doing."

The video received an award in the public service announcement category and an honorable mention in the director category. This is the first time the award has been given to students at a Connecticut high school, according to Paul Pfeffer, manager of education at CPBN.

The video, which is co-directed by Montalvo-Fulcar and Buie and stars Livent, follows a student who leaves class only to be chased through the hallways by his chair. It began as a project for their video production course.

According to Learning Lab fellow Joshua Gaestel, the assignment required students to create a video as part of a public service campaign to promote daily school attendance. The students had to use a chair, include a specific tag line for the campaign and used Adobe Premiere Pro for editing.

The students decided to use stop motion animation, which Buie described as a sequence of still pictures that are put together to make a video. This was a challenge, but also added an element of fun because it was something new, he said.

"I love making things, being creative and putting things together for everyone," Buie said.

After the video was selected to appear on the Hartford Public School's website, Pfeffer decided to enter it in the student Emmy competition.

"When we won, it was very strong affirmation of the training [the students] received in a building that previously did not even have a school inside its corporate headquarters," Pfeffer said.

CPBN's partnership with the Journalism and Media Academy began last year through its creation of the Learning Lab. The lab ranges across two floors of the network's Asylum Street Offices with classrooms and studio space.

Instructors and fellows teach students the basics of photography, ideography and cinematography said Gaestel, who guided the students in making "Attendance Matters."

The three were part of a class of 55 students who graduated from the Journalism and Media Academy on June 11.

"It feels really great to help the students attain something like this award," Gaestel said. "It's very rewarding to help them complete a project and receive recognition for their efforts."


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