Oakland to offer new media program

Oakland International High School filmmakers (photo courtesy of KDOL)

This fall, Oakland students will have the chance to produce news magazine-style video journalism and documentaries about life and issues in Oakland in a new R.O.P. class supported by KDOL, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and local filmmakers.

Jeff Keys, the fine arts chair and new media teacher at Head Royce, will be coming to OUSD to direct the Media Enterprise Alliance.

To get a taste of the kind of projects they’ll do, check out this 12-minute piece about Oakland International High School. OIHS students worked with documentary filmmaker Pam Uzzell and UC Santa Cruz film program graduate Chris Guevarra to produce the segment.

Mario Capitelli, the manager of KDOL, gives us the course description here (You can contact him at 879-8320 or at mario.capitelli@ousd.k12.ca.us for more info):

KDOL TV and the Media Enterprise Alliance will be offering a multi-dimensional university, college, and industry-connected video and television production R.O.P. class beginning in the fall of 2010.

Students will work in two different production areas for one semester each. The first is documentary filmmaking, the second will be producing a monthly news magazine format show focused on Oakland youth and education issues.

The students will be working in small teams with mentors from the Haas Business School and professional documentary filmmakers to produce documentary films for local non-profits and other clients on a very professional, high quality level. The second group of students will be working with mentors/instructors from the graduate school of journalism at UC Berkeley to produce the news magazine show.

We’re very excited to be expanding KDOL’s role in supporting the district’s mission to prepare students for success in college and career in such a direct and dynamic way. KDOL has a long history as a training ground for students interested in video production and are looking forward to seeing the regeneration of student production at KDOL.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.