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Partners For Our Stories - Lambert's Point Summer Program

Julie Byers, Literacy Leadership PHD Student, Old Dominion University

Our local public radio and television station, WHRO, was contacted with the intention of collaboration due to the connection with the National Public Radio's StoryCorps theme. Furthermore, this was another local highlight of our city was that students could define as part of their community. Since WHRO was literally across the street from Old Dominion University, it seemed an ideal partnership to nurture. Angie Callahan, Director of Educational Programming and Outreach, was an integral part in the elaboration of WHRO’s role in the project. Not only was this a unique undertaking for the Lambert’s Point program, but training children to use technology was a new endeavor for WHRO. In addition to the generosity of WHRO allowing us to use 7 flip cameras to conduct our interviews with Norfolk 17 members as well as other community members, an extensive training was also held for the students by numerous WHRO staff. This training involved field trips to the WHRO studios; the first visit enabled students to become familiar with flip cameras as well as listen to a panel discussion on interviewing led by Barbara Hamm Lee and Mark Burnett.

Angie Callahan, Barbara Hamm Lee, Mark Burnett
Angie Callahan, Director of Educational Programming & Outreach, introduces Mark Burnett, Director of Production & Enterprise Media Services, and Barbara Hamm Lee, Chief Community Engagement Officer, to the Lambert's Point students. Mark and Barbara shared many interviewing tips.

Subsequent trips allowed students to meet with Cindy Pardy, a WHRO producer, who gave the students tips on producing techniques and Jay Sanchez, a videographer, who showed the students how to ‘frame’ an individual’s face while recording. Annie Gilstrap, who acts as the Educational Technology Manager in-serviced the students on using Movie Maker to edit the interviews they were to record on their ‘day of listening’ and soon after, publish their footage into films. Angie Callahan’s superior efforts and organization of these visits also allowed students opportunities to visit the radio control room to witness a live taping of HearSay (with Barbara Hamm Lee) as well as tour the television studios while in production. All of the individuals mentioned above volunteered their time and efforts in order to create a truly memorable experience for the students.

Jay Sanchez and Cyndy Pardy

Cindy Pardy, WHRO Producer/Director, gave the students tips on producing techniques and Jay Sanchez, Chief Videographer, showed the students how to ‘frame’ an individual’s face while recording.

Annie Gilstrap

Annie Gilstrap, Educational Technology Manager, introduced the students to the flip video camera on their first visit, and on their second visit in-serviced the students on using Movie Maker to edit the interviews they were to record on their ‘day of listening’ and soon after, publish their footage into films.

Julie Byers

The kids had a great time trying out different techniques for interviewing each other. Julie Byers, Literacy Leadership PHD Student, Old Dominion University, offers a few tips of her own.






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Any questions about the camp can be directed to:

Julie Finn Byers
Literacy Leadership PhD student
Old Dominion University
JByers@odu.edu