Putting media, literacy and civic engagement to work

By Pam Bryant

Media, Literacy and Civic Engagement Summer InstituteIn June, teams of high school teachers and students learned how to use video documentaries to generate awareness and public discussion on important social issues in their communities.

In the week-long Media, Literacy and Civic Engagement Summer Institute, five teams, each with one teacher and three students from Pickens and Greenville Counties, learned to use digital video cameras, documentary techniques, interviewing and writing skills, and how to select community issues as topics.

During the upcoming school year, student teams are expected to produce five video documentaries for public viewing that will engage parents and community leaders in discussions.

The program was hosted by Clemson's Youth Learning Institute. Facilitators were Betsy Newman, SCETV producer and multi-media content developer, and Amy Melnick from the Educational Video Center, a media arts center that teaches social documentary production and media analysis to youth, educators and community leaders. Other partners included Write to Change, Inc.; Jim Self Center on the Future at Clemson's Strom Thurmond Institute; and the School District of Pickens County.

For information: Pam Bryant, 803-553-7705, pbryant@clemson.edu