FAMU Senior Broadcast Journalism Students Showcase Their Documentaries

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FAMU Press Release:


Florida A&M University (FAMU) senior broadcast journalism students will showcase their documentaries at the Student Documentary Night on December 4 and 5.

This year, the event has expanded into two days. The premier night is scheduled for December 4, at 7 p.m. with a reception immediately following the showing of the documentaries. A matinee is scheduled for December 5, at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Thoughts From An Unread Journal: Films From Life’s Diary.”

Produced by PRodigy Public Relations Firm, FAMU’s student-run PR firm, Student Documentary Night, which first premiered in the fall of 2006, is an event that allows senior broadcast students chosen by Professor Kenneth Jones to showcase documentaries that they have worked on throughout the semester.

“I felt that we needed a showcase so the university and the community at large could see the awesome documentaries that were being produced by students,” said Jones, a journalism professor and broadcast journalism sequence coordinator.

The films are selected based on the uniqueness of the story, trailers, script, quality of production filming and the production management of the students. This semester, eight students have been chosen and five films: Erica Anderson, “Paycheck Boys;” Charles Gee and Randy Grice, “Un-Mute;” Xion Lester and Kisha Payen, “Lest We Forget;” Karisa Olds and Regina Watson, “The Life of Homeless Children;” and Chantell Black, “From The Plate To The Grave.”


“One of the wonderful, unique and great things about Student Documentary Night is that all of the topics and ideas for the documentaries are chosen by the students,” Jones said.

In the past, several documentaries have been selected for Florida Associate Press Awards, and every year a documentary has received the Southeastern Journalism Conference Award. Jones added that several documentaries have also been chosen for the Tallahassee Film Festival.

The general public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

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