Media students do what?

The convergence media crew proves that Convergence Media is no typical elective - at DHS or anywhere else

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As rising ninth and tenth graders begin considering their electives for 2015-16, the convergence media crew is busy demonstrating what makes their elective class unique among all others.

Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum provided an entertaining look at the history of espionage for the two dozen students who attended the NSPA convention.
Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum provided an entertaining look at the history of espionage for the two dozen students who attended the NSPA convention.

In early November, two dozen students attended the National Scholastic Press Association convention in Washington, D.C. After a day of break out sessions, the group hit the International Spy Museum as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Newseum.

Ashley Elmore, Jude Holmes, Elizabeth Jean and Jonathan Thomas reviewed NCAA tips about filming games before pulling together a four-camera field production of Decatur’s first basketball games.

Jude Holmes captures the action at the Decatur v. Paideia home opener on Nov. 21.
Jude Holmes captures the action at the Decatur v. Paideia home opener on Nov. 21.

Brilyn Thornton worked with Noemi Griffin and Acacia Scott to produce a video feature on the winter sports community night (click to watch), and she had it edited and posted within two days of the event! Brilyn is also busy investigating the design of the DEC’s new Vimeo channel.

Magazine layout work night means designing and eating!
Magazine layout work night means designing and eating!

Emily Scheulke conducted an audio interview of Dr. Bruce Ribner, an Emory doctor who directly treated the hospital’s Ebola patients. Maddie Hamalian and Sam Jones interviewed the hospital’s Dr. Jay Varkey, another physician involved with the patients, for an upcoming magazine story.

Joel Shimada and Noemi Griffin produced an audio podcast featuring interviews with the head boys and girls varsity basketball coaches (click to listen). Amani Bright set up a 3TEN SoundCloud account to host the crew’s future audio work.

Ella Burge and Kaylan Ware look over their interview notes to identify what's quote worthy.
Ella Burge and Kaylan Ware look over their interview notes with Biruk Kyzer’s family to identify what’s quote worthy.

Emilia Fuentes and Emmie Poth-Nebel met with an Agnes Scott College Women’s Studies professor to discuss how educators should respond to the push for non-binary gender representation in language.

For a story about his international adoption, Ella Burge and Kaylan Ware reached out to learn more about Biruk Kyzer in a phone interview with his old seventh grade teacher in Alexandria, VA.

Lia Bodine and Elijah Maris shoot a scene in the studio.
Lia Bodine and Elijah Maris shoot a scene in the studio.

To find out more about Decatur High’s old traditions, Ellie Ritter and Danika Siver used social media to make contact with 50 alumni who shared event details and their memories.

Convergence I students practiced shot composition and sequence storyboarding by producing a silent video based on a “secret” story line. Elijah Maris and Lia Bodine used the studio to shoot a scene where a student appears to be studying at home at night. Production groups are learning to use the newest version of Adobe Premiere Pro, a powerful editing application, and those that remain in the pathway will earn their Adobe Certified Associate credential.

Convergence Media I students frame up a shot in the library.
Convergence Media I students frame up a shot in the library.

Baylen Altizer discovered how much of the city’s history he didn’t know by interviewing two of its longest-time movers and shakers, Walter Drake and Bill Floyd. He’s investigating Decatur’s reputation as a politically liberal stronghold for a magazine story.

After viewing a professional tutorial, Convergence Media I students began editing their own clips.
After viewing a professional tutorial, Convergence Media I students began editing their own clips.

To report a story about inclement weather school closings, Nathaniel Gaul traveled to the offices of the Georgia Department of Safety and spoke with officers in the state patrol before interviewing Natalie Dale, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Isabel Rumsey and Alia Carlton scored an interview with the senior staff attorney for the national advocacy group Lambda Legal. The two are reporting a magazine story on the push for legalized gay marriage in Georgia.

Person-thing-DODO For her magazine spread on the rise of 3D printing (click to read), Duo-Wei Yang spent hours using Illustrator to design the intricate dominant graphic you see to the right. She tapped Graphic Arts teacher Mark Jones for help with finishing touches.

Kate Immergluck and Chaney Wynn spent time talking with and photographing Renfroe’s budding unicyclers. They also interviewed Californian Jim Sowers, a board member of the International Unicycling Federation, for their upcoming magazine spread. Maddie De Pree is working on an audio slideshow to accompany their story on 3ten.org.

What other electives have given students a chance to travel to UGA for a state conference, take leaders on a planning retreat with a ropes course, produce a media product that has won the “national championship” of publications three times in 12 years as well as the 2014 news story of the year, continue a tradition of feasting on work nights, and build spirit by cosmic bowling in super tacky gear?

The Convergence media pathway is about curiosity, creativity, collaboration, high standards and hands-on learning. Course selection begins soon on Infinite Campus. Click HERE to learn more.

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