Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

In the Fall of 2014, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Herring Run branch of The Enoch Pratt Library System explored the impact of materialism and consumerism on young people.

Posted February 9th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym

Capital Campaign

Wide Angle Youth Media is proud to announce we are expanding and renovating our current office space in Miller’s Court! In the coming months we will share with you before and after images. We would like to thank the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding Wide Angle Youth Media with a generous Neighborhood Business Grant.

Additional Capital Campaign Support has been provided by:

      An Anonymous Donor
      Clayton Baker Trust
      The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
      Constellation Energy
      The France-Merrick Foundation
      Seawall Development

If you are interested in learning more about supporting Wide Angle’s Capital Campaign, four room naming opportunities remain. Please email Wide Angle’s Executive Director, Susan Malone at susan@wideanglemedia.org for more information. We are tentatively planning an official unveiling of the new space in the late spring. In the meantime, thank you for your patience while we are currently under construction!

Posted January 7th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Uncategorized by waym

Reflecting on Wide Angle Youth Media


Alexandria Hemphill, a Loyola University undergraduate, interned at Wide Angle Youth Media in the summer of 2014 to assist with Communications and our Traveling Photography Workshops. Here, she looks back on her experience.

My first day at Wide Angle Youth Media: I walked down the hall and into the office, a spacious area that bustled with talented teens working at computers. Students and administrators in the room greeted me with a warm welcome. I was blown away by the skills that the kids exhibited and their incredible technique with film. Twitter, Facebook, and the blog-site became second nature to me as I posted every day. At first, events in Baltimore seemed like nothing new to me: I had seen pretty much all of Baltimore, but it was not until my time at Wide Angle that I really began to explore the city. A couple of weeks into the internship, I teamed up with Moira, Meggie, and Emelia, another WAYM intern. The four of us set up tripods, projectors and cameras at the Herring Run Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. With their cameras in hand, each student was excited to walk around the community to tell their own story through photography. In a local steel mill that we found, metalworkers blazed through thick hunks of steel with powerful lasers almost too bright to capture on camera.

My second workshop was at the Reisterstown Road Branch. My group and I discovered all kinds of interesting places in the plaza. From bakeries where customers spoke Hebrew to colorful nail salons and markets, Reisterstown Road was so visually dynamic. That same day, we all got to experience life on set at a local production company, Blue Rock Productions. When we walked in we were greeted by a sign made just for us that read “Welcome Wide Angle Youth Photography Workshop!”. The studio had filmed plenty of Baltimore heroes in the past including Michael Phelps and Haloti Ngata. A high-tech digital movie camera sat in the middle of the room: we all felt like were in a movie as the camera captured our every move. The kids asked plenty of questions and their enthusiasm was palpable as they explored the set, snapping pictures in front of the large backdrop.

Last but not least was our trip to Govans, a scenic Baltimore neighborhood where we connected with nature through photography. Classically styled houses lined the streets and we all eventually met at a peaceful pond at the end of the block. Students took in the beautiful sights of plants and flowers that we encountered. Just as we had done in previous workshops, we were able to capture the beauty of Baltimore both behind the lens and with our own eyes.

Before I thought I had seen pretty much all there was to see in Baltimore, but photography allows you to take something familiar and turn it into something extraordinary and new. A subject can be more than it appears and to truly appreciate the beauty around you, sometimes you have to look at it through a Wide Angle.

Posted August 20th, 2014 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym

Join us at our High School Program Closing Ceremony!

Every year, Wide Angle Youth Media hosts a high school Closing Ceremony. This celebration marks the end of another incredible year working with Baltimore youth – and this year was exceptional! The Mentoring Video Project students used digital storytelling to produce films about Baltimore issues, one about youth homelessness and another about suspension policy discrepancies. The Attendance and Design Team created videos for the MTA, completed an activity book for young children, and more! On Thursday, Wide Angle will host a closing ceremony like no other! This awesome pot-luck and showcase is open to the public, so stop by and feel free bring some food too! The event will be in Conference Room 2 at Millers Court on Thursday, May 22, between 5 and 7 pm. We encourage you to come meet these talented artists! RSVP to david@wideanglemedia.org or becky@wideanglemedia.org or call (443) 759-6700.

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Posted May 19th, 2014 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym

Blessed is the Peacemaker

A lot of youth in Baltimore City either fall victim or lose a loved one to gun violence. Blessed is the Peacemaker is a short film developed by Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project. The video shows the impact of an organization called Safe Streets, an outreach program that fights to prevent gun violence and homicides in many communities throughout Baltimore, and profiles their leading member, Tard Carter.

This video was produced in the Spring of 2013 by Mentoring Video Project Youth Producers Taqi Juba, Ghani Muhammad, Evodie Ngoy, Tyson Sandford-Griffin, and Joshua White.

Posted January 17th, 2014 in Uncategorized by waym

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect was created by students in the Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Reisterstown Road branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in the Spring of 2013. Students in the program wanted to shed light on the impact of water cleanliness in the Chesapeake Bay and our local streams, and what we can do to make a difference in our communities.

Posted January 17th, 2014 in Uncategorized by waym

The Golden Tongue

In this short, animated video, teen filmmaker Evodie Ngoy challenges us to respect that power that words have to change the world.

Posted February 14th, 2013 in Uncategorized by waym

All Things Can Change

In this short, autobiographical film, Malcom Barton Jr. explores why some Baltimore youth make self-destructive decisions. When Malcom Barton, Jr. fails one of his high school classes, he loses the support of his friends and family. With his self-confidence shaken, Malcolm gives up on school. But, as he grows older, he realizes that it is his responsibility to put his life back on the right course.

Posted February 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized by intern

Unoriginal Individual

This short combines documentary interviews and scripted scenes to explore how peer pressure affects youth in Baltimore.


Posted December 12th, 2012 in Uncategorized by waym

Behind The Scenes: Joshua White’s Audio Clip

Mentoring Video Project student Joshua White’s Fall project explores how young men are affected by the male role models in their lives. In his story, a lack of positive role models leads a young boy down a self-destructive path, but, when a new friend comes into the picture, the boy is able to set his life back on course. This is an excerpt from a practice recording session on Thursday, November 15th. Joshua says that too many young men in Baltimore refuse to ask for help from family and friends because they are afraid of looking weak, but that “you have to accept your imperfections in order to move forward in your life.”

Posted November 19th, 2012 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym