By JohnCarl McGrady, editor in chief
This winter and spring, Nantucket Community Television (NCTV) will be offering a series of classes to students in high school on Nantucket free of charge in order to help them develop basic skills in film, editing, television journalism, and the media arts.
Dee White, who will be instructing two of the three classes, said that her main goal was to show students that “the media arts are something they can get into, that they can actually have a successful career…in media arts.” Growing up, White never considered media arts to be a viable career option, and she wants that to change for the next generation.
The first program, running from January 27th to February 10th, is Whaler Media, a class NCTV has offered before, which focuses on basic editing skills as well as some filming techniques. “It’s the basics of what we do,” White explained. This class will be on Wednesdays and Fridays after school from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with White as the instructor. NCTV is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Nantucket, which might allow them to hold some classes in person. “It all depends on what’s going on [with COVID-19],” White admitted. “It’s going to be mostly virtual, but hopefully, some classes will be in person.”
White will also be the primary instructor for the next class, Journalism 101, which will be offered from February 12th to March 12th, also on Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. It’s no coincidence that this class starts right when Whaler Media ends—White hopes most of the students who take Whaler Media will transition right into Journalism 101, which she described as “an introduction to the concepts and techniques of media writing,” where students would learn about television journalism. The course will also feature guest instruction from NCTV’s Heather Aveson and Sue Mynttinen from the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). For this class, NCTV is partnering with both the Boys and Girls Club and ASAP, hoping to hold some in-person classes, though most will be virtual.
The last of the three classes, and perhaps the best known, is NCTV’s annual Teen View program. Students who participate in this class, taught by NCTV’s senior producer and award-winning director Andrew Cromartie will make a short film. These short films will be shown at the prestigious Nantucket Film Festival in the Teen View Showcase, allowing students to have their work exposed to a large audience. Starting on March 12th, the day Journalism 101 ends, this class will be given on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..