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  • Learning by Doing

    With just two weeks of school complete, Mass Communications students in grades 9-12 are in the throws of their first projects of the new school year. 

    On the first day of school the members of the senior class brainstormed and pitched story ideas for the first edition of MHS Voice.  Each member of the class is reporting, writing, shooting and editing a video news package about an aspect of the Manchester High School community. The first MHS Voice will air on Friday, Sept. 30.  

    Mass Comm. juniors started out the school year with intensive practice using Final Cut Pro, professional video editing software.   With in-depth instruction in video editing, they will become proficient in the use of the software and will be able to use this skill in a variety of settings after high school. 

    Under the direction of MC 10 teacher, Tracy O'Brien, students are learning the basics of design and are honing thier technical skills in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDEsign. 

    Freshmen Mass Comm. students are learning how to write effective interview questions and recently recorded audio interviews of a friend or family member and what he/she remembers about 9-11.  

  • No Teacher Fonts

    No Teacher Fonts

    Mass Comm. juniors Reagan and Cassie are philosophically opposed to the use of "teacher fonts" in their designs.  These design gurus helped us out and designed new banners for use at our recruiting fairs.  No Comic Sans or Marker Felt fonts in their designs, Reagan and Cassie bring a clean sophisticated design aethestic to their projects.

    Sophomores in the Mass Comm. Center learn how to design layouts and ads for print and the web. Along with the principles of design, students learn how to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.  They produce marketing materials for organizations in Chesterfield County. Last year Cassie and Reagan submitted a poster design for the CCPS STEAM Fair that was used in promoting the event. They are so good and show so much promise that we still seek them out to design for us even though they are learning video in their junior year.

    And that is what the Center for Mass Communications is all about.  We provide authentic learning experiences and authentic audiences.  Reagan and Cassie's designs are not just graded and handed back to them.  Instead, the work has purpose and exposure outside of the classroom walls.  Students also have the opportunity to continue to use their skills after they've learned them.  Thinking and learning beyond the test.  This is what we're about.  

    Do you know an 8th grader who is intereted in graphic design, advertising or journalsim?  Pass this along if you do:  http://mhsmasscomm.org/apply 

  • Lights, Camera, Action: Seniors produce the first MHS Voice of the year

    https://vimeo.com/142324347

    Interviewing, writing, shooting, voicing and editing, the 12th grade mass communications students have Just finished the first edition of their weekly news show MHS Voice.  

    More than just reading morning announcements, these student journalists must brainstorm newsworthy stories, secure interviews and produce an informative video that is visually appealing.  Each 60-90 second video produced represents 5-8 hours of work by each student. 

    Special thanks to senior producer Sara Deriso and assistant producer Jaylin Clark for consistently showing initiative, leading the project and following it through to completion.

    The Mass Comm. Center always provides real world experiences, opportunities to work collaboratively and authentic audiences for completed student projects.  After all, that's what high school should be about.