Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) students will unveil their short documentaries Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Nine senior broadcast students in the specialized reporting class will showcase their semester film projects in the SJGC Lecture Hall.
Themed “Reeling in the Moment,” this semester’s student documentary night will celebrate the work of five student teams. Each team did the writing, videotaping, editing and production of a 15-minute documentary.
“Reeling in the Moment” is free and open to the public.
“The economy has created some very interesting challenges for us this semester,” said Professor Kenneth Jones, coordinator of the broadcast sequence in the FAMU Division of Journalism who also teaches the specialized reporting class where students are required to produce documentaries. “We couldn’t assume the money would be there to produce this event as it has been in the past.”
Thankfully, according to Jones, the student documentary night event is relatively inexpensive to produce. And, more importantly, even in the worst of economic times, the student filmmakers never fail to tap into their creativity and talent to produce a documentary.
This year’s documentaries deal with a close up look at families transitioning from welfare to work, new perspectives on black men, a comparative study of President Barack Obama and slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
“This is PRodigy’s fourth semester producing Student Documentary Night,” said Gina Kinchlow, an assistant professor and faculty adviser to the PRodigy PR Firm; the campus-based, student-run company that has promoted and executed the Student Documentary Night since the fall of 2007. “This is the first semester we’ve had to look carefully at our production budget and look for ways to cut costs.”
Parking is available directly in front of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication as well as along Orr Drive.
The 15-minute documentaries selected for viewing this semester are:
“Doggy In The Window”
Reporter: Alicia Mitchell; Videographer / Editor: Stephanie Foster
“The Struggle for Independence”
Reporter: Brook England; Videographer / Editor: Walter Niles, II
“Killing Myths, Reviving Truths, About Black Men”
Reporter: DeNisha Yearby; Videographer / Editor: Larry Peters
“The Black Psyche”
Reporter / Videographer / Editor: Saundra Weathers
Reporter: Brent Hatchett; Videographer / Editor: Tsopie Trottie
For more information about the student filmmakers or to speak with a student filmmaker, contact:
Professor Kenneth Jones
For more information about the event, contact:
Professor Gina Kinchlow
For more information about the Division of Journalism, contact:
Professor Dorothy Bland
(850) 599- 3719