New Media Department Hosts Academy for High School Students

By Erin Battaglia ('20)

The New Media program at Molloy hosted a New Media Academy for high school students from February 20-22, 2018. Professors Jamie Cohen and Matt Applegate wanted to teach high school students the world of digital literacies and how this field may be the career path for them. In this Academy, students learned about the world of coding, digital video storytelling, locative maps, virtual reality, how memes play a role in academics, and so much more.

Student using VR.

Students who participated in the New Media Academy were eager to learn more about the digital world: a world in which their generation lives every day, but doesn't know much about. Alexis Powers, a junior at Manhasset High School, found out about the program through her guidance counselor. She stated, "I really enjoy marketing - however, I have always had a love for new media and creating videos." When asked what her favorite part of the program was, she said, "I loved filming and editing my videos. It was really rewarding showing my videos to the class, and seeing everyone else's in the end."

Briana Stephenson, who is a senior at Saint Agnes in College Point, Queens, will be coming to Molloy in the fall with a major in Marketing and a minor in Media.

"I loved going around to different sites at Molloy and creating content. I also really loved coding and seeing the website we made come together in the end; it was really satisfying." Briana expressed that the Academy solidified her decision to pick up a New Media minor, and how excited she was to learn more.   

Most of the students were unsure of how hard coding - a big part of New Media - would be, but all stated that, in the end, it was one of their favorite things about the Academy ... along with VR, of course. Josh Zirkel, a junior at W.T. Clarke High School in East Meadow, states, "I decided pretty early that I wanted to go into media and tech, but I didn't know much, so I was excited to hear that we would be learning how to code. I always assumed coding was really hard, and in some cases it was, but overall it wasn't as difficult as I thought."

The students of the New Media Academy grew closer as the week continued, and all were really happy that they spent their February break at Molloy. We are excited to see these students again, and any other inspiring New Media majors!

See the students' final project.

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