Snyder Hosts 2015 MDIA High School Media Workshop

This year marked the second annual High School Media Workshop, which took place from July 8-11, and welcomed students from eight states and an international student from Vietnam. The workshop introduced students to the latest techniques and equipment in audio, video, games & animation, and storytelling/producing.

“It was wonderful to see so many students completely engaged over the three days,” said High School Media Workshop Director Karen Riggs. “Now in our second year, we grew from 55 to 62 students and have even gone international. A key asset for us was our MDIA student ambassadors. Workshop participants said they benefited greatly from one-on-one time with our college students.”

During the workshop students spent most of their time in Core Sessions that focused on each of the four media groups: audio, video, games & animation, and storytelling/producing. In these focused classes taught by School of Media Arts & Studies professors students received hands-on experience using the tools and equipment in the media labs.

Keaton Kreps of Athens, Ohio heard about this workshop from a peer last year, which led him to register for the workshop. He said that even though there are a lot of students here who are Athenians he enjoyed meeting students from states as far away as North Carolina, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Illinois. Kreps found all of the workshop sessions interesting but enjoyed working on audio and sound editing the most.

“We had a lot of long three-hour class sessions during the workshop, my favorite one was where we did music and editing,” said Kreps. “One of the coolest class sessions we had we did sounds for a short film. We learned how to do sounds while watching a video and editing. One of my favorite parts was creating a song with everyone in the group.”

Student Hang Le Thi Minh from Ha Noi, Vietnam had been eagerly waiting to attend the workshop since she had first heard about it, but was unable to until she was old enough. This trip was her first out of her country.

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“The High School Media Workshop had a profound impact on the way I see my passion and future career,” she said. “The experience I had here was definitely worth my 22 hour flight.”

Students who came for the workshop were about to have a look at what college life was like at Ohio University and wrapped up the week with a farewell banquet and a screening of their projects.

“An incredible aspect of the High School Media Workshop is that students attend not only to experience what the School of Media Arts & Studies has to offer within its curriculum but also for that first college experience, including one-on-one mentoring to help focus their passion and future career goals,” said High School Media Workshop Associate Director Kyle Snyder. “After several days experiencing a variety of required and elective workshops, it’s gratifying to hear students tell us we’ve opened their eyes to new possibilities and that they now know what they’ll be majoring in upon acceptance to the Scripps College of Communication.”

For more information, including pictures, on the 2015 High School Media Workshop please visit http://mediaschool.ohio.edu/hsmw-news. To see coverage of the workshop on Twitter visit #OUHSMW.

Original article by Claire Berlin

Kyle P. Snyder

Kyle P. Snyder is an educator, engineer, and consultant dedicated to the advancement of audio education for engineers at every stage of development. He is a faculty member within Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies where he routinely teaches courses in music production, recording, mixing and mastering, critical listening, sound design for film and video, and live event production.