Learn about Media School alternative break trips, service projects at Sept. 6 meeting

The Media School Report • Aug. 8, 2018

Explore opportunities to put your media skills into practice on behalf of local and national nonprofit organizations.

Anna Howell and Sydney Ziegler interview a group of children visiting Fort Pickens as part of a 2018 service learning project at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. (Abigail Billing | The Media School)

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in Franklin Hall 310. Students will learn how to get involved in two programs: the National Park Service Learning Program and Stories of Peace.

National Park Service Learning Program

The Media School’s alternative break trips are non-credit service learning trips that connect students with partner nonprofit organizations to produce multimedia content. The Media School is collaborating with the National Park Service to host a series of alternative break programs that offer students opportunities to tell the stories of U.S. national parks.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

  • Oct. 5-7, 2018 (fall break)
  • Lincoln City, Indiana
  • Cost: $25
  • Application deadline: 5 p.m. Sept. 17

Gulf Islands National Seashore

  • March 9-16, 2019 (spring break)
  • Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Cost: $800
  • Application deadline: 5 p.m. Sept. 17

TBD

  • May 5-12, 2019 (after graduation)
  • Details will be finalized and published in early 2019

Stories of Peace

Stories of Peace connects Media School students with Bloomington nonprofits and community agencies to produce and promote positive stories in the Bloomington community and provide students opportunities to engage with the local community, gain real-world media production experience and develop quality projects for their portfolios.

Media School freshman Jiatong Zou, Harmony Middle School eighth grader Julie Mendez and Media School sophomore Anthony Rodman gather behind a camera, which points at Hugh Farrell, a staff member at Community Kitchen of Monroe County.
Media School freshman Jiatong Zou (left to right), Harmony Middle School eighth grader Julie Mendez and Media School sophomore Anthony Rodman interview Hugh Farrell, a staff member at Community Kitchen of Monroe County. The students from Harmony and The Media School collaborated on a project to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in Bloomington. (Courtney Christensen | The Media School)

The Media School works with the city of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission to identify partner organizations with ideas for media projects that commemorate the legacy of Dr. King and promote his ideals of peace, community and nonviolent communication.

Team production kicks off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an opening reception at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and concludes 40 days later with a closing reception and public screening of completed media projects in Franklin Hall.

  • Nov. 6, 2018: Separate information session; application opens
  • Nov. 30, 2018: Application deadline
  • Jan. 7, 2019: Mandatory preparation session
  • Jan. 21-March 1, 2019: Project production
  • March 1, 2019: Public presentation

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