Welcome to MyMedia: an introduction from a MyMedia instructor
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A classroom and online training in digital media and storytelling for middle and high school students
Everyone has a voice.
“Everyone” includes YOU.
What you say and think is important, and people should respect your opinions. But in today’s world, you need to prove that you’re worth listening to. (The cool thing is, once you learn a few technical skills, your voice can and will be heard.)
MyMedia, a project of the MyCom network, trains youth from Greater Cleveland’s middle and high schools to report on health and safety needs from their own neighborhoods, to promote increased youth voice in our area’s public conversation. MyCom offers MyMedia classes, but also has the tools from the classroom online, right here, for you.
This website will guide you through a lot of the curriculum covered in the MyMedia class sessions. You’ll find videos of guest speakers; links to helpful articles and online tutorials; tips and tricks for reporting, writing and multimedia editing; and a bunch of other fun stuff.
Want to be an editor at The Plain Dealer one day? How about a reporter doing post-game interviews for the Cleveland Cavaliers? Maybe a Hollywood director? A radio personality? An IT specialist? A hip-hop producer? A private investigator?
The building blocks for SO MANY careers start right here. With these skills, not only will you be able to tell the stories most important to you and your community; you just might discover a true calling.
How to use this site
Get the skills! Become a student reporter!
The MyMedia section of the MyCom website is divided into skills, or modules, that you can access in order, one through six, or skip around to what interests you. The module videos give fun instruction, show footage from MyMedia classes and projects, and link to other useful information.
Do you already know you want more? For more information, please contact Kailyne Waters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Module 1 - Media
Get a grip on what people mean when they say “the media,” and why people consume media.
|Module 2 - Writing the Story
“Inverted pyramid,” “lead”: what does it all mean? To write the story, find the facts, make decisions, and get creative.
|Module 3 - Video Storytelling
Put the camera right in someone’s face? Who’s face? What’s b-roll? Learn about choosing people to interview, and then getting good shots.
|Module 4 - Sources and Interviewing
Who can I trust to convey my story? Learn about research, information gathering, and interviewing. (Plus: is Wikipedia evil?)
|Module 5 - Editing
These tips help student reporters trim and create compelling video stories.
|Module 6 - Social Media
Build your personal brand, so that there is a positive image of you as you get your voice out in your neighborhood and online.
Gallery of Student Work
Thanks to our sponsors
MyMedia is a project of The Cleveland Foundation.
MyMedia was one of only 19 projects nationwide winning the Knight Community Information Challenge in 2010. The Knight Community Information Challenge is a five-year, $24 million initiative to help community and place-based foundations play leading roles in meeting the information needs of their communities. Through its MyCom partnership, The Cleveland Foundation identified a need for area youth to be trained as informed, articulate community contributors to news and public dialogue.
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Want to attend a future MyMedia class? For more information, please contact Kailyne Waters at email@example.com.