Information and the way we consume it is ever changing. Between social media and 24 hour news channels, printed newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur. To combat this, most every news organization has a website and produces video or audio content for customers and users to get their take, hot or not, on the current events. Due to this increase in video content, more and more jobs are being created in the field of web and graphic design.
In an effort to help get our Salem students a jump on the market, a new video editing class was created, headed off by Michael DeBarr. The class is for juniors and seniors and includes a variety of different tasks and products for the students to get familiar with and use as the year goes along. The students are in charge of making the video announcements for the school, as well as some more specialized videos, such as senior videos for the athletic department.
The students have access to software and equipment people in the industry use daily: Cinema 4D allows them to make 3D logos, Adobe Premiere and After Effects used for video editing. They shoot the videos themselves and edit them down until they are ready for your viewing pleasure. The students also were in charge of the new video screen during home varsity football games, even using the cameras connected to the booth and shooting all the action
Experience in these fields is what opens doors, and the projects these students can put their names on are high quality. It allows them to create a portfolio of what has been worked on and show future and potential employers that they have used these industry tools and have knowledge on the ins and outs of them. In the year long class, a student can have as many as 20 different projects with which to use as evidence of their experience.
As we continue to become more and more digitally and technology dependent as a society, the call for people to fill these positions after high school and college will get larger and larger. Here at Salem City Schools, we are doing our best to make sure our students are prepared for the world ahead and are ready to make an impact in a variety of fields.
You can find some of the work our students have done on Mr. DeBarr’s YouTube page here.