Here is an update on Hoover's Mobile Storyteller project.
As all readers may remember, this project is supported by funds from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, Hoover Foundation, Henry and Louise Timken Foundation, and equipment donated by Blackmagic Design.
First, I must say it has been very exciting to see how this service learning project is coming together. There has been such a buzz of excitement and ideas as we move into the final stages of completion...which is really just the beginning! There are so many opportunities that will be available for students, the district, and community. I think the strategic planning committee from 1999 who dreamed up the idea of a student driven video-journalism program and educational TV station would be proud to see this.
The blog site for the student service learning project can be viewed here at any time. http://www.statefarmyab.com/projects/ (Click on Ohio and select our project.)
Although our goal was to have the vehicle delivered in early spring, delays in construction at the factory have set us back several months. Based on recent updates, we will most likely gain possession in the middle of June. In the meantime, Tim McCarty and I are now the proud owners of a CDL license.
Once received, we will have work to do on our end that will take us through the middle of summer to complete. Some of the items include:
• Completion of the graphic design by the Interactive Media Program
• Installation of the exterior graphics
• Design and installation of cabinets and counters tops.
• Installation of video control room counter top.
• Installation of Blackmagic Design control room equipment
• Remaining equipment purchases using grant funds
• Setting up insurance, plates, fuel pump code, and other logistics
First Trip: Storyteller at the Emmys
Two of our students, Jamie Landers and Anthony Massa, are hosting the Student Production Awards at the Ohio Valley Emmy's on August 6th in Lawrenceburg Indiana. They will interviewing student winners on the RedCarpet and brining all the excitement to viewers at home through live streaming. Students and their parents will ride to and from the event along with the four students who wrote the $95,000 State Farm YAB grant last spring. - Andrew Triner, Emma Kirkbride, Zac Bazzoli, and Alex Porter.
During the two day trip, students will put their video journalism skills to work as they cover the Emmy's from behind the scenes and document the first project with the Storyteller.
Official PR Day:
It is likely that the official press release for the Mobile Storyteller will be August 14th as we take students to live-stream and record the Stark Soup Micro Grant Funding event at the YWCA in Canton, which will be focusing on ways to improve education in Stark County. If you are interested in attending, use the link to find out more information. We feel that announcing the vehicle on a day when the media can see the kids in action is a good way to launch the service learning aspect of the project. The United Way is going to help cross promote the event in return for our our coverage of the evening.
Stay tuned as we take you ON THE ROAD for these and other events!