College student and recent graduates have opportunities to produce professional content that expands on programming and news initiatives from CPTV and WNPR.
For-credit courses are available to college students in the New England area as part of CPBN’s Media Lab. Students are taught storyboarding, video production, web content creation and social media.
If accepted into the program, students start as interns and, depending on performance, are invited back to become fellows and/or instructors to train the next generation of students at CPBN.
The Phone Call and Asylum Hill Mystery are short films that were created by CPBN Media Lab students during the summer of 2017. Both were entered into the College/University Awards for Excellence from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Phone Call won three 2018 College University Awards for Excellence Honorable Mentions for Short Form- Fiction, Audio/Sound and Editor from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The Phone Call and Asylum Hill Mystery both focus on stories where all is not what it seems.
Student Web & TV projects:
(I)NTERVIEW: Students learn how to conduct one-on-one conversations and produce compelling video profiles of Connecticut’s most recognizable people, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, News Anchor Ann Nyberg and Businessman Stew Leonard Jr. The most popular interview with over 50,000 views is this interview with musician Anthony Fantano, whose YouTube channel has over 100,000 subscribers and 25 million views.
Outdoor Enthusiast: Students explore and create multimedia stories about New England’s state parks and scenic locations. A late summer project took the students aboard the Hartford Belle on the Connecticut River.
MetaMedia: Students produce reports examining why news becomes news and how decisions within the media industry impact public perception. Here, Hartford’s Deputy Chief of Police Brian Foley and WNPR News Director and host of Where We Live John Dankosky explain the societal effects of crime reporting.
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs: The course curriculum and the mentorship from the PBS NewsHour team make this a vital resource for the Media Lab and the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School (JMA).
Youth Vote: Students research and report on political and election reports that focus on perceptions, beliefs and actions of young voters. In the last presidential election young voters at CCSU answered the question if their political party affiliation differed from their parents.
For more information about this challenging and exciting internship opportunity at CPBN’s MediaLab, contact the SVP of Education: