Film your issue
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
I was notified today of an interesting film competition for college and high
school students: Film Your
(FYI). Here's an excerpt from the press release:
Winners are selected by an illustrious VIP Jury, by the public online, and by
participating cause organizations. Prizes to eleven winning films include
internships at USA TODAY, The United Nations, P.O.V. and The Humane Society and
a $5000 college scholarship from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
Strong American Schools, and a filmmaker VIP Pass and presentation at
SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. Winning films or
excerpts will also be broadcast on Starz, and a selection presented at the
annual NAACP Conference. The MTV audience favorite will be featured on Think,
MTV's multi-media community focused on youth activism, and the winning filmmaker
profiled on MTV News. In addition, FYI presents two additional annual awards:
The Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award to an academic
institution, and The Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, to an
FYI 2008's VIP Jury is headed by legendary news anchors and
authors Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, and includes MySpace Founder Tom
Anderson, MTV President Christina Norman, CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer, NBC Anchor
Brian Williams, United Nations DPI Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka,
Best Buy Vice-Chairman Brad Anderson, HBO Host Bill Maher, USA TODAY Publisher
Craig Moon, USA TODAY Founder Al Neuharth, Weinstein Company Co-founder Harvey
Weinstein and others.
Sounds like an interesting showcase for students to use multimedia to express
themselves on important topics. I like the two-minute constraint too. It forces
students to pare down to their essential message...
Here are some of the past honorees:
a prostitute is born
can be deceiving
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- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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