Students from Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) traveled from Brookhaven to Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) on Tuesday, May 2, to attend a student learning workshop. The workshop marks the start of a new partnership between MSA and MPB, aimed at providing educational opportunities to students in MSA's new Media Arts department.
The partnership shares agency resources and includes internships, broadcasting industry instruction, and hands-on experiences in the MPB studio and on location. Training MSA students in film and broadcasting helps create a workforce for MPB and other broadcasting companies throughout Mississippi.
“This partnership will allow students to participate in the documentary and non-fictional aspects of broadcasting. I am so excited these two agencies are joining forces that perhaps will share resources in an extraordinarily tight budgetary time,” said Suzanne Hirsch, MSA Executive Director.
MPB’s Education Department provides programs, services and support to educators, students and parents in Mississippi that are vital to the educational mission established by the legislature.
“We are committed to supporting students in being successful in school, work and life,” said Maggie Stevenson, Deputy Executive Director for Education at MPB. “This partnership with MSA is a natural fit to aid in student career discovery and development. Connecting education to television and radio programming provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to be engaged with real-world experiences, and it meets a critical workforce development need for the state.”
MPB assisted with the initial planning for the new program in 2015 by identifying necessary equipment and content for the curriculum courses. In the summer of 2016, MSA launched the first ever media arts program at the school.
On Tuesday, 10 MSA Media Arts students, along with their instructor, John Kelly Shelburne, attended a one-day student learning workshop focused on public media and community health.
Students began with an interactive tour of the MPB studio, receiving hands-on training to build a set. They were trained by MPB videographers on camera operation and lighting with a senior producer. After touring the studio, students watched a live filming of Fit to Eat, an MPB health initiative with Chef Rob Stinson aimed to teach Mississippians to cook healthier meals. After the filming, MPB producers, sound engineers, production managers, and videographers sat in on a Q&A panel with MSA students to answer any questions about public media and careers in the broadcast industry.
Throughout the workshop, students learned the basics of greeting and techniques for effective interviewing, then practiced those skills with a community health video project produced solely by MSA students.
The MPB Education Department's student learning workshops provide workforce development skills and technical digital training to middle and high school students across the state. Soft skill development, like communication, problem solving, and critical thinking, is combined with technical skill practice, like videography and editing, to create an interactive, immersive learning experience for students. This workshop is part of the educational and public affairs programming MPB offers to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network.
For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit www.mpbonline.org.