Lincoln, Neb: Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) has partnered with New Mexico PBS, Vegas PBS and KVCR's FNX to offer a multimedia summer internship at each station. From a large pool of applicants, NAPT selected three currently enrolled college students for this 10-week, paid internship.
Multimedia intern Jaymee Bird (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) is at New Mexico PBS. Bird has been researching the drop-out crisis in Native communities for the station's American Graduate project, as well as teen suicides for their upcoming Public Square program. New Mexico PBS Executive Producer Michael Kamins commented, "Jaymee provides an excellent opportunity for us. She has great energy and enthusiasm, and she provides an important Native perspective. Being in a state renowned for its diversity and large Native communities, it is valuable to have her input on the stories we tell. It's a pleasure to have Jaymee here and to be working together."
At Vegas PBS, multimedia intern Shawna Begay is using her talents to assist with multiple projects including video production and outreach to teachers and the community. Begay added, "I'm learning a lot and utilizing what I've learned. The internship has been going really well."
Lee Solonche, Director of Educational Media Services at Vegas PBS commented, "Shawna's abilities will definitely assist us on the American Graduate project and aid in the expansion of our educational programs serving Native Americans."
KVCR in San Bernardino, Calif., is home to FNX: First Nations Experience. Executive Director Charles Fox has been working closely with multimedia intern Terria Smith on a variety of projects for this Fall. "Terria Smith brings another voice that helps First Nations Experience to keep its promise of presenting content with cultural authenticity and accuracy," said Fox.
NAPT Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) commented, "Providing experience for Native students in the media is important to ensure that we can continue a strong tradition of digital storytellers. We are grateful for the support of local PBS stations in helping us achieve this goal."
With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of these paid multimedia summer internships is to increase the journalism and production skills for the selected college students. One of the major goals of the internship is to increase the quantity and quality of multimedia reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets.
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media--Public Television, Public Radio and the Internet--NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska Native issues. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships and fellowships. To find out more about NAPT, follow us online at http://about.me/nativemedia.
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