If you’re wondering where the future of media production might be headed, there are roughly 30 youth from the Seattle area that have an answer for you. All week long from June 27 thru July 1, the Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative is hosting its inaugural Summer Institute on the University of Washington’s campus and teaching youth various skills of media production and basic journalism. Everything is being headed by the Common Language Project team along with a few select instructors (myself included) as media professionals are being matched up with aspiring photographers, reporters, and know-it-all’s from 10am to 4pm each day.
It’s an adventurous undertaking considering the ages of the kids in the summer institute range from 13-20, but four days into it, the youth are already creating amazing work. Students from various backgrounds are using their creative eye to tell stories about themselves and their peers in non-conventional ways. Some could probably teach the professional journos a thing or two in the process as everyone is learning from one another.
The youth are putting on a culminating showcase event of all of their work this Friday, July 1st in room 104 of the Communications Building from 2-4pm. It’s free and open to the public. The youth would love for you to stop by if you can make it.