Workshop with Baltimore Youth Film Arts and Johns Hopkins University by Colette Veasey-Cullors

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of conducting a workshop on March 2, 2019 for the Johns Hopkins University program, Baltimore Youth Film Arts (BYFA). The workshop focused on Visual Representation and the ethical use of the camera as a means of understanding people in relation to each other, to their environments, and to society.

Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, February 23-April 13, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Centre, 10 E. North Avenue (map)
Saturday, April 20, 1:30-5:30

In this journalism workshop, student fellows will explore the possibilities of print, photo-, and video journalism to tell the stories of their city.  Social networking platforms like Instagram and Twitter have overtaken traditional media in the coverage of breaking news, and video news packages have become the norm online.  In line with this trend, fellows will create “Dateline Baltimore,” a virtual visual news journal that captures the pulse of Baltimore.  Fellows will learn the news coverage process from identifying news and feature stories, to research and interviews, to the fundamentals of photo reportage, video production, and editing to inform with purpose.  Working together and with the instructor as an editorial team, they'll decide which stories to pursue and how to shape them for maximum impact, all while adhering 100% to facts in their reporting. Visiting instructors will provide hands-on instruction in lighting, video and audio recording, and editing techniques, as well as insight into journalistic ethics. 

For those who are unaware of the group, The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program offers Baltimore City residents ages 16 to 29 the opportunity to learn camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs to be shared at public screenings and exhibits, and on the program website.  Participants are paid stipends for their contributions and receive certificates for successful completion.

    Our mission is to build an online archive of Baltimore voices; a representation of our city, current and historical, real and imagined.  Be part of the project.  We want to hear from you!

                  The Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program is made possible by the support of the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies Program and a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Take a look at some past work made by the students! For more information about BYFA please visit their website.