High School Students Launch Ambitious Weekend Video Project

High school students begin a major weekend video project in connection with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association.

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At least for the next couple of days, I'm not the only "George" in the bunch. This George originally from Sumter County, Ala. and Ashley from Oklahoma interviewed the principal of Oak Mountain Middle School.

The Alabama Scholastic Press Association Long Weekend is underway here on the University of Alabama campus and I have the pleasure of directing a big video project in connection with ASPA’s 75th anniversary.

Twelve high school students from as close as Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa and as far away as Lawton, Oklahoma are making this video project a reality.

They are part of a larger group of 100 students, mostly from Alabama who are with us through Sunday afternoon.   We have a few students on my team from Miami and Fairburn, Ga.  (not far from my old stomping ground in metro Atlanta)

The other students are learning about strategies to make their school newspapers, yearbooks, photojournalism and literary magazines the best that they can be.  It’s part of our award-winning scholastic journalism program here at the University of Alabama.

For those in the video/broadcast sessions, there was not much time for lectures or presentations.   They had to hit the ground running today.

Getting the tripod to set just right was not easy for one of the crews. We figured out later, it wasn't them, but the tripod that was not cooperating.

After a very brief introduction to camera basics,  the production teams sprang into action this afternoon conducting interviews and shooting what those of us in the TV world know as “b-roll.”

Just finished looking at their field tape (which of course, is now on digital

Marie Parsons, former ASPA director will appear in one of the videos. She's also been serving as our ASPA historian.

cards) and we have some great video journalists at work on this project.

Can’t wait to see what they can produce as we start editing in the morning.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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