personal narratives

The High School Broadcast Journalism Project provides a framework and other resources for journalism ethics and civic engagement projects. One example is a national contest to create a 15 or 30 second PSA on first amendment rights.

The Fred Rogers Center was established at Saint Vincent College in September 2003 to serve as a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and families. The Center continues Fred Rogers’ commitment to building bridges between early learning and children’s media.

The Educational Video Center is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change. Founded in 1984, EVC has evolved from a single video workshop for teenagers from Manhattan’s Lower East Side to become an internationally acclaimed leader in youth media education. EVC’s teaching methodology brings together the powerful traditions of student-centered progressive education and independent community documentary.

Listen Up! is a NYC-based youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects in order to develop the field and achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media. Goals include (1)  provide connections, information, media tools, and services to young video producers and their allies, both inside and outside the network, (2) work with young producers to raise production quality and tell excellent stories, (3) implement and fund projects, (4) cultivate meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations to develop and promote the field of youth media and (5) secure broadcast venues for youth produced video.

This is just like YouTube, except developed for schools.   Extensive involvement by academic community consortium groups.  Extensive index of links and resources.

A division of Sound Portraits,  Youth Portraits seeks to give voice to young people who have been in prison; to give them the tools to tell their own stories, to teach then an important set of skills, and to empower them to speak up about the experiences that have made them who they are.  Teachers can use the Youth Portraits stories to help other young people explore their sense of self.  A 60-page study guide provides a prescriptive curriculum with lesson objectives and end-of-chapter tests and invites students to relate to the narrators and learn from their stories.

Study Guide

There is also a Recording and Interviewing Tutorial on this website.

Sound Portraits Productions is an independent production company dedicated to telling stories that bring neglected American voices to a national audience.   The website also offers ideas for incorporating radio/recording with education and learning.

A study guide for the related documentary teaches children and young adults about real-life circumstances.

Content-rich site with downloadable teaching aides, content and insight on use of media for self-expression, bridging differences and working toward peace.

Teen Reporter Handbook

NPR-based program encouraging creation of personal audio diaries with content, curricula and comprehensive links.

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