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multi-media; communications

hi. i'm look for colleges/universities/courses in high school and/or middleschool that are multi-media or communications ^^
#communications #multi-media #schools


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Leland’s Answer

Look to see if your hometown has community television, public radio, or local theater. If so, inquire if they provide tours, have an open house, or have volunteer opportunities. You can get a greater understanding of the different professions in media and maybe even find like-minded individuals who you might want to collaborate with some day. Finding family, friends, or classmates to create content with you is a great way to develop team-building and group communication skills. If you get an assignment in school that involves a presentation, you might want to ask your teacher if you can incorporate video or audio. Take advantage of those opportunities to go above and beyond with the project.

Taking classes in production or experimenting with creating your own content on social media can provide skills that you can bring to the table when applying for an internship or a job. At this stage, where you acquire the skills isn't as important as constantly doing and creating to develop those skills. With experience you will be able to assess where your strengths lie whether it be as a leader, an artist, a storyteller, logistics, or some other technical aspect of production.

Leland recommends the following next steps:

Think about where you can incorporate media production in your school work.
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Find production companies in your town, whether it be theater, radio, or community television.
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Talk to people who have production experience or have an interest in production.
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Constantly create.
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Alexis’s Answer

Hi Cynthia

While I'm not as familiar with the requirements for a career in multimedia (though you have some great answers and guidance from the other people who've replied!), I can give some suggestions from the communications perspective.

I suggest focusing on classes that hone writing and language skills. Grammar, punctuation, and both word choice (vocabulary) and usage (choosing the right words to convey the right tone to the audience) are necessary for effective media pitches, internal documents, brand or product messaging, and even writing quotes.

More than just having an excellent understanding of language, I also suggest reading a lot of written materials - including websites and social media posts - and even watching newscasts or YouTube videos on the subjects or brands that interest you the most. Writing for a on-air journalism is different than writing the same story for a print newspaper. Yet, the way broadcast news and print news present a story will be different from how social media uses a story. For example, a new restaurant opening in town will issue their own press release using language that encourages people to come by and have a meal there, their social media post will probably have photos with upbeat blurbs about the great food and atmosphere, the local paper may write a more formal review, the local news station will probably be more matter-of-fact in their reporting, and a local blogger will write with feeling about their experience from a personal point of view.

Whether it's a restaurant or the latest iPhone, a global brand or new charity, all businesses and organisations need effective communication to get their message (or product) out to the right audience.

As a communications professional, it's of value to understand all these different 'voices' and that each channel communicates the same information but to different audiences. Becoming familiar with different writing styles is a great way to build your knowledge outside of the educational classes you take.

Best of luck to you!

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Jessica’s Answer

I know you're located in Canada, so I'm not 100% sure what the rules are for attending this program, but the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) hosts summer camps for high schoolers on the topics of Animation, Graphic Communication and more! I participated when I was a high-schooler and DAAP is one of the most prestigious design schools in the world. Last year, the programs were virtual due to the pandemic and that might be the case this year, as well, which would for sure work in your favor. Check out the programs and hope they're something you're looking for to get a taste of your desired future career field! https://daap.uc.edu/community/daapcamps

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Diana’s Answer

Some of the universities well known for their communications and media programs in the U.S. include Northwestern University, Syracuse University, University of Southern California, Minnesota University, University of Washington St. Louis, and Ithaca College.

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