By Kaitlin McDonagh
With the idea that the community should be informed about daily activities in the school district, art teacher Caroline Epp created a new photo and video journalism class.
The class is in charge of a new online magazine for which will show photos and videos of school-related events and will have links to The Independent, the school newspaper. The website, Manchester Essex Multimedia Online (MEMO), can be reached at www.memo.mersd.org.
“MEMO is more visually based while [the paper] is more in-depth,” Epp said. “They are a good complement to each other.”
According to Epp, the students will be reporting on the day-to-day events of the school district.
“I like how the students have control of what goes up on the website for everyone else to see,” junior class member Aryanna Tiberii said.
Before any content is published, students are focusing on taking news-worthy photos and writing correct captions. Students use their own or school cameras to cover their assigned events. When the class begins studying video journalism, students will use the school’s point and shoot camcorders.
The main goal of the class is for the students to learn about the field of photo and video journalism and editing.
According to Epp, the biggest challenge is trying to get the students to act like photojournalists.
“[The students] are trying to balance not getting into people’s faces with wanting to get good shots,” she said.
In order to combat this problem, Epp created MEMO press passes so people understand why the students are taking photos. “Hopefully they will give the kids more confidence to get what they need,” she said.
The class originally started with eight students, but it “quickly swelled up,” according to Epp.
Senior class member Maggie Cellucci said she joined the class because it seemed interesting and informative.
“I love the class so far because it’s different than any other classes. It has a whole variety of people and is based more on aspects of art to capture an event more than with words,” she said.