Most recently, we successfully introduced The NuSplash Vlogging Program to students at the International High School in Paterson, NJ. This 5 – week program was offered 2 days per week, for 3 hours each day. The first 2 hours were for instruction and execution and the last hour was for lunch. At each session, we provided a full lunch, which was provided by our sponsors, Domino’s, Little Caesar’s, Olive Garden and Jersey Mike’s Subs.
We conducted pre and post surveys to gain information about the students and their knowledge of news, news sources and current topics of interest concerning the world that we live in. In accordance to the data that we collected, we discovered how valuable the NuSplash Vlogging Program is to millennials in keeping the genre of news interesting and relevant.
The key elements and skills that the program focused on were oral presentation, public speaking, research, discovering news and news value and character building. In each class, students were able to vlog about their opinions, as long as they could provide 3 credible news sources to support their opinions. Did they know what a credible news source was before entering our program? Did they know where to locate these sources? Did they even care to do either of the two? The answer to all 3 questions is NO. It was through The NuSplash Vlogging Program that they discovered, not only did they like news, but they also discovered that they were the creators of news!