Media is Magic 2013: SAND Media Enrichment Program Chronicles a Year of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab

Release Date: 11/16/2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lee Newton

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(860) 275-7285

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Media is Magic 2013: SAND Media Enrichment Program Chronicles a Year of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at Hartford School

Premieres Friday, November 8 at 8:30 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), with an encore broadcast on Sunday, November 10 at 9 a.m.

 

Hartford, CONN. (Nov. 5, 2013) – Media Is Magic, a digital media and journalism enrichment collaboration between America’s Choice at SAND School, Hartford Public Schools and Connecticut Public Television, is the subject of a new documentary.  

 

Media is Magic 2013: SAND Media Enrichment Program – premiering Friday, November 8 at 8:30 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. – follows the progress and personal growth of SAND students over the past year as they participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. The 30-minute program was produced and edited by Media Lab graduate and lead instructor Mark Yaworowski.


The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab connects students with an innovative journalism curriculum designed to transform their understanding of news while providing a collaborative space for them to develop their digital media, critical thinking and communication skills. The students are teamed with public broadcasting news professionals to produce original, student-generated news video reports about how national and global issues affect local communities.

While the nationwide program is designed primarily for high school students, it was opened up to only one elementary school and three middle schools in the country, including America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford.

 

The CPBN Media Lab established a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the SAND School in 2012. The program collaborated with SAND social studies teacher Hannah Kozak. Paul Pfeffer, manager of education for the Connecticut Public Broadcast Network (CPBN), served as the senior instructor.  “I have worked as a mentor since the inception of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab program in 2010,” said Pfeffer. “The SAND seventh graders met the challenge of competing against high school teams throughout the country. They produced network-quality videos.” 


“Integrating our curriculum with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab while working with the CPBN Media Lab definitely opens new doors for our students,” explained Gerardo Heredia, Principal at America’s Choice at SAND.

 

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a supportive funder of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab, as it coincides with their American Graduate Project which helps communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Bank of America and the Pitney Bowes Foundation.

 

The Media Lab, whose goal is to create 21st century journalists and train instructors to pass that gift forward, is an integral part of CPBN’s Education Department. The Media Lab develops production and instructional expertise by providing a learning opportunity for college students and recent graduates with an interest in digital media and journalism. Media Lab interns served as additional mentors and technical experts at America’s Choice at SAND school. Through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, the Media Lab has taught journalism and technical media skills to five Connecticut high schools, including Metropolitan Business Academy and Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven, Crosby High School in Waterbury, Terryville High School in Terryville and Bethel High School in Bethel. 

 

About America’s Choice at SAND School

SAND Elementary School opened its doors in August 2009 under an exciting new school design

called America’s Choice. America’s Choice provides a comprehensive research-based school design that focuses on standards-based curriculum and instruction, integrated assessment, high level and ongoing professional development for teachers and leaders (including on-site coaching and a parent engagement plan). America’s Choice has been adopted as a school reform model in over 1,000 schools nationally with a record of turnaround success. Within this new school model, a rigorous middle school curriculum is developed in grades 6–8 that overlays a journalism theme, where students focus on developing strong writing skills. This serves as advanced preparation for students who want to apply to Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School for grades 9–12. For more information, visit hartfordpublicschools.org

 

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit cpbn.org

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