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Intern Perspective: Kaitlin Winchester

I started college just outside of Baltimore in 2013 and before then I could count my trips to the city on one hand. Coming here I wanted to feel like part of the city, but I didn’t know how to find my footing. A professor in my Media and Communication Studies program would talk about this great non-profit called Wide Angle Youth Media and as I learned more I knew I had to get involved, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I put off getting involved until Wide Angle hosted a workshop at a conference I was attending. Long story short, I attended their workshop and learned more about their impact and what they do, so I applied for an internship and here I am writing this blog post!

Starting, I knew I wanted to learn things like how Wide Angle interacts with social media and works with sponsors for their programs. After my internship began I learned about other ways I could get involved, like helping with the Youth Photography Traveling Exhibit (YPTE) that travels to Farmers’ Markets around the city.

On my first day I helped go through and package 100 copies of the book “This Is Baltimore,” that were created with portraits from YPTE. What struck me was the motivation behind the YPTE that resulted in the book. During and after the Baltimore uprising, students and staff felt the need to portray Baltimore youth positively, contrary to the image that was constructed by the media. As someone not originally from the city, this is not an issue that often dawns on me. So I decided to begin volunteering with pop-up exhibits at Farmers’ Markets displaying the portraits around the city. Displaying the photos in public spaces in addition to galleries is really important because not everyone has the access or time to go to an art gallery. These exhibits allow exposure for the incredible talent the youth participants have and give us the opportunity to spread the word about how other students can get involved.

We’ll be at three upcoming Farmers’ Markets:

  • The Baltimore Museum of Industry Market on Saturday July 30th from 9AM-1PM
  • The Downtown Market on Sunday July 31 from 7AM to Noon
  • The Waverly Market on Saturday September 17 from 7AM to Noon

I encourage everyone to brave the heat and come see me at the Downtown Market this Sunday!

kaitlin About Kaitlin:

I am about to start my fourth (and hopefully last) year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am working toward a double major in Media and Communication Studies and International Relations with a certificate in French. After my internship I intend to stay involved with Wide Angle because I really believe in their mission and everyone here, from participants to staff, are truly amazing and have taught me so much in just two months.

Posted July 29th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Safe Spaces

Students from the Baltimore Speaks Out Program at Patterson Park Public Charter School share things that they find funny, things that they like, and things that they worry about when it comes to being a young person in Baltimore.

Baltimore Speaks Out Youth Producers:
Faith Carter-Topp
Desiree Garcia
Ceaser Jimenez-Zamudio
Malachi Jones
Ja’Niya Joseph
Joyce Kasiama
Omarion Lopez
Daniela Rodriguez
Ty’Jai Smith

Baltimore Speaks Out Assistant Youth Producers:
Maria Foreman
Ma’Kyah Gyant
Na’Kayah Hunt
Calin Jones
Joyce Kasiama
Sanai Matthews
Dallas Solomon
Jabez Solomon
Karon Williams

 

Posted June 7th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym
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#ThisIsBaltimore

On April 28, 2015 – a day after Baltimore made headlines around the world for its collective response to the death of Freddie Gray – Wide Angle Youth Media students and staff were compelled to use their documentary skills to project positive images of Baltimore youth. Over the past year, Wide Angle Youth Media collected photographs at spring protests and through workshops at schools, libraries and organizations in more than 15 neighborhoods. The result is this compilation of youth produced photographs that show a city filled with hope, vitality and resilience.  This online publication is free for anyone to view, and over 200 hardcover copies of this book have been delivered to participating workshop sites, students, donors, community members, and a selection of local universities and libraries.


In addition to the book release, students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s advanced high school production program, the Mentoring Video Project, have created 9 audio stories reflecting on a memory from the past year.

Last spring, media producers across the world – many of whom had never before set foot in the city – flocked to Baltimore to cover its unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. In the wake of this activity, I felt urgent pride in the work happening at Wide Angle Youth Media (Wide Angle). While many media organizations were portraying the city in a negative light, Wide Angle was empowering students to continue sharing their stories with greater context.

In the months that followed, I challenged my students to think about what role they played in taking ownership of their narratives. Each student’s perspective and outlook on their surrounding environment is a reflection of their individual experiences in Baltimore. Students discussed in what ways the media failed to share highlights across the city beyond Freddie Gray and protests. And while we continued to reflect on the significance of the events of April 2015, we also began sharing personal momentums and achievements that added to Baltimore’s history in 2015. From winning a sports tournament to identity conflicts during the protests to attending anime conventions — these small moments represent a larger image of how its youth are participating in and contributing to the city’s lifeline.

Based on these discussions, Wide Angle producers from the Mentoring Video Project produced a collection of events that impacted them throughout the year. They reflect on the larger community values and records, that cannot be replaced with big media. – Mawish Raza, MVP Lead Instructor

TUNE IN TO THE MENTORING VIDEO PROJECT MEMORY BANK HERE

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Support for This Is Baltimore has been made possible by: Baltimore Community Foundation’s Rebuilding Baltimore Fund, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Humanities Council’s Humanities Fund for Baltimore, Maryland Public Television, Maryland State Arts Council, MurthyNAYAK Foundation, and Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Over 150 students, staff, community members, and volunteers also helped bring this project to life.

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Interested in purchasing a hardcover book of your own? E-mail info@wideanglemedia.org.

Posted March 15th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Uncategorized by waym
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A Day with the Mentoring Video Project and guest artist Bill Zorzi

By Katia Crawford, WAYM Youth Producer

Katia Headshot_forwebThis November, I was invited to Ms. Mawish’s MVP (Mentoring Video Project) class. I didn’t really know what to expect but I saw a group of students telling their stories about the city of Baltimore in their own special way and I became interested in what these students do. I am a student myself, but I’m in Wide Angle’s Design Team. Recently, in the Design Team, we’re working on an animation called “Never Late Nate” and are creating icons to represent topics related to schools’ academics and their environment.

Now in MVP, spending a class with them was amazing. The students have taken a slight poetic turn, which peaked my personal interest since I like to write poetry, on the stories they’ve come up with about topics that they want to talk about based on their own experiences, mainly in the year 2015. We all had a chance to hear about each other’s story and the music they’ve created to set the tone. We also critiqued each other’s ideas and scripts while suggesting what their videos would look like. Now I wish I had a chance to do this project!

During the class, we were lucky to meet Bill Zorzi, writer of The Wire Season 4, and boy was he interesting. Mr. Zorzi has a way of making you feel like you’ve accomplished something even though you may have a lot more work to do. This just shows that you’re making progress and that’s the key to writing a script. Bill Zorzi showed us a large binder of papers and guess what it was…a script!

Mr. Zorzi showed a sample of a script, but in different colors. Now we were all wondering, “Why are they in different colors if it is the same script”? Well, Mr. Zorzi explained to us how it represents the progress throughout making the script, so each color showed some new changes, either added or taken away, from the script. He also encouraged us to continue to keep trying even when we have many parts that need to be changed. Writing a script seems stressful, but the outcome of the TV production will benefit from all that colorful, hard work. Overall, I had a great time with MVP and I’m hoping to see their finished projects and join them as a student in the next semester.

Posted December 16th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, Uncategorized by waym
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Making Choices: A High School Senior’s Thoughts on the Importance of Good Attendance

By Laurell Glenn, Wide Angle Design Team Member
Digital Harbor High School, ‘15
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, ‘19

In life there is always a domino effect. Every decision you make affects you one way or another. That’s why it is important to make good choices.

At the beginning of my senior year at Digital Harbor High School, I was tired and completely ready to be done with school. I started off with bad attendance because I wasn’t getting to school on time. I noticed that my grades for first period were starting to fall and I knew it would mess up my GPA. I knew that if my grades fell, my college choice list would be limited. I realized that I wasn’t making good decisions and that there was something I needed to change about my morning routine. For example, I decided to get everything ready the night before so that I wouldn’t have to do it in the morning. I knew I had to do what I needed to do in order to be done and move on to the next chapter of my life. My grades started to improve as well as my GPA so I was able to apply and get accepted into five different colleges. I would not have been able to do this if I wasn’t getting to school on time.

As a part of Wide Angle’s Attendance and Design Team, we worked to develop animated ads about attendance for AcademBot, a website that gives you the power to easily find, rank, and compare colleges based on what’s important to you. We hope that high school students who see the ads will be persuaded to make good decisions that will benefit them as they apply to college.

“Do your best and get good grades. Doing your best also means doing your best in getting there on time.” – Sama Muhammad, Freshman at the School of Original Thought

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Posted October 12th, 2015 in News, Uncategorized by waym
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Second Chances: a short documentary on suspension

SecondChangesOver 50,000 young people are suspended in Maryland each year. 41% of these suspensions are for misbehavior such as falling asleep in class, school uniform violation or talking back to teachers. Additionally, for every one White student that is suspended in Maryland, three African American students are suspended. Students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Design Team and Mentoring Video Project collaborated to create Second Chances, a short documentary on the topic of suspension in Maryland.

Second Chances Part One (Intro):

Second Chances Part Two (School Profiles):

Additional Resources:

Second Chances Film Discussion & Professional Development Tool

The School Discipline Process Handbook

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Posted September 3rd, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym
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Meet our Summer Intern Jasmine!

Jasmine_WrightMy name is Jasmine Wright, I am a summer intern here at Wide Angle Media. My focus is Communications. As an intern, I hope to gain more experience in social media communications, blogging, and writing better leads and headlines for news stories.

One thing I noticed right way here is that this truly is a friendly, community-based organization. As someone who is a youth worker at my church, I love that middle school and high school students from all across Baltimore City and come together to create and produce films, as well as tell their stories.

A video that I found interesting is “Youth Soul”. Not only am I a fan of poetry, (Then again why would I not be a fan of poetry? I am a poet.) I love the message that Charday Hall conveys in the piece.

If you have not seen Youth Soul, you need to check it out!

Jasmine Wright is a college senior studying in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Media at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH.

 

Posted July 7th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Mark Your Calendars!

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Join us on Tuesday, June 16th for our annual end of year High School Closing Ceremony!

We’ll be setting up special stations throughout our newly renovated office space for family and community members to check out student media projects from The Mentoring Video Project and the Attendance and Design Team. This is your chance to chat behind the scenes with our talented youth producers about their incredible media projects!

 

Posted June 9th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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Stop by our Youth Photography Traveling Exhibition!

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Last summer, Wide Angle Youth Media’s Youth Photography Traveling Exhibit partnered with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to provide Baltimore city youth the opportunity to create photographic portaits of themselves and their community. We are proud to announce that through support from the Pratt Contemporaries, the work is on display as part of a traveling showcase throughout June.

We hope you can join us in celebrating the creativity of our city’s youth!

The photos will be at each branch as scheduled:

Govans Branch
Displayed May 5th-16th, reception is May 5th at 4pm

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
Displayed May 4th-16th, reception is May 13th at 4pm

Forest Park Branch
Displayed June 1st-13th, reception is June 1st at 4pm

Reisterstown Road Branch
Displayed June 1st-13th, reception is June 3rd at 4pm

Herring Run Branch
Displayed June 1st-13th, reception is June 9th at 4pm

Posted May 12th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym