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Capital Region Career & Technical School

New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications

PhotoragherStudents can participate in the exciting and ever-changing world of communications through New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications (previously known as New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies).

The class provides opportunities to observe and work with professionals across a variety of digital and print media platforms through internships, job shadowing and special projects.

Once a week students work at the college of St. Rose where they operate a television studio and go out on field assignments. The remainder of the week, students work in a classroom near the Times Union where students hone their writing, photography and videotaping skills and become proficient in the use of WordPress, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.

Projects include blogging and covering photo and video assignments for Timesunion.com, managing class social media accounts, uploading news videos to the class YouTube account and learning how to market content online through search engine optimization, personal branding and crowdsourcing. New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications students also write, edit and publish their own student newspaper, The Legacy.

Throughout the year, students also visit local radio stations, television stations, marketing firms and Hearst Corporation in New York City.

Honors academics and college credits, integrated with real-world work experience culminating in published work and a professional career portfolio all combine to give New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications students an edge in college applications, college study and career success.

 

New Visions studentsCourse credits:

  • English 12 Honors - 1 credit
  • Journalism - 1 credit
  • Mass Communications & Marketing - 1 credit
  • Economics Honors - 1/2 credit
  • Participation in Government Honors - 1/2 credit

 

College credits:

(optional enrollment via New Visions)

  • 3 credits: Introduction to Reporting and News Writing through University at Albany
  • 3 credits: Introduction to Mass Communication through University at Albany
  • 3 credits: Video Production for the Internet through the College of St. Rose

 

Application Procedure:

  • Interested students must complete and mail back an application and complete an interview process during their junior year. Click below to download the application, which is in PDF format.

 

New Visions girlsNew Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications

Contract (pdf)

 

Read more about it:

  • New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communications students blog, shoot, write and report on the Times Unions High School Web Channel. Check our the efforts of our intrepid journalists at http://blog.timesunion.com/highschool/

 

What others are saying:

"Robert Frost once said to be a poet is a condition, not a profession. The same is true with journalism. Its such a better alternative to sitting in school. Being a part of this program is like finding your niche in journalism."

-K.C. Orcutt, Class of 2008, New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies and Guilderland H.S.

"I think it basically is a really good opportunity. It will help me decide what area of journalism I want to pursue and how I want to advance in the field."

-Anita Vukovic Class of 2008, New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies and Guilderland H.S.

 

Its a fact:

  • Todays society consumes seemingly limitless amounts of news, information and entertainment at lightning speeds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in ways just dreamed of merely a few decades ago. Strong writing and communications skills are an asset in all careers and vital to success in the 21st century workplace.

 

Video: view a videoclip of students at the Times Union

 

 

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