Hartford Public School’s Central Office called and our JMA/CPBN students answered! Supervised by Education Specialist Dave Wurtzel, JMA seniors Arielle Beaudry, Claire Faulkner and Destiny Jenkins took candid and staged portraits of district staff, including HPS Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.
The idea behind the photo shoot stemmed from HPS’ Central Office Connections Initiative, in which administrators sought out a way to easily identify individuals within various departments. HPS reached out requesting JMA students in an effort to engage directly with the student population in Hartford. The shoot also allowed HPS administrators to showcase their humorous sides in the process.
Beaudry, Faulkner, and Jenkins were selected by Wurtzel for their exemplary progress in their photography class. Wurtzel saw the day as an opportunity for the students to get practical experience running their own shoot, handling all aspects of the process from design to lighting to image composition.
“This was another way for the students to get hands-on, real life experience creating something. Rather than just giving them another project to work on for class, we are placing them in a professional setting and giving them the responsibility of running the show.” remarked Wurtzel. “I think the best way for students to learn photography is to get as much experience actually doing it as possible. And this assignment made the students think about every element of the shoot, and showed them how much they have to account for when they are in charge.”
About the CPBN Learning Lab
As part of a partnership with Hartford Public Schools, CPBN offers a satellite campus focused on video and audio production, editing, television and radio journalism, digital arts and game design– for high school students from Hartford’s Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School. For adults interested in pursuing a media career or simply interested in gaining technical skills to advance in their already established fields, CPBN’s Institute for Advanced Media (IAM) provides classes in the basics of video production, from pre-production to post-production, digital arts and the project management skills for life seminar. A program of the IAM, the Veterans Vocational Training Program (VVTP) is designed to help veterans transition their military skills to civilian careers by providing free IAM courses and hands-on career training to 50 veterans a year as well as their spouses and caregivers. In addition to providing media education, project management and workforce development, the VVTP provides life coaching and personal support that addresses the whole person, and helps students navigate and connect with state agencies and partners that can help ease their transition. CPBN also offers a range of opportunities to college students through the CPBN Media Lab, with classes focusing on storyboarding, video production, web content creation and social media.
For more information about JMA and enrollment opportunities, contact the SVP of Education: