The work of creative students on a scavenger hunt as part of a class assignment — Part 1

From student Jonathan David about his bicycle photo: Significance: Due to limited parking as a result of construction on Florida A&M’s campus, many students have resorted to cycling to campus. Although the hills may offer a workout, you do not have to worry about a ticket!
Tow Away Zone! Unless you’re a cyclist

Teaching digital native students is a welcomed challenge.

The first assignment for two sections of my digital storytelling courses was to complete a scavenger hunt within a 1.5 mile radius in downtown Tallahassee. Other students captured a single image with a caption in a deadline scenario. Both groups performed well.

In all, the assignment is related to field producing. We have book work and discussions to follow.

Here are some of the images from one of my classes. I will follow up this blog with the second set of images from the other class.

Class in session 8/26-29/2019: Students’ observation/field reporting assignment is a Scavenger Hunt in Cascades Park, Smokey Hollow

Welcome back students!

My RWII classes are learning the power and importance of observation, note taking and more. It’s the baby steps to becoming field producers, researchers and expert writers.

  • Every image in this blog is included in your scavenger hunt.
  • Locate at least five of the images.
  • Indicate location, time and date of photo, location’s historical and/or current significance to the community, who accompanied you on this scavenger hunt and who also discovered the spot.
  • Take a photo of yourself and others (if applicable) from a different angle.
  • Write a caption using AP style, good grammar and suitable for social media usage.
  • I will tell you in class where to send your work.
  • Due: Wed., Aug. 28 and Thurs., Aug. 29.
  • Remember to “R-E-A-P” with creativity: Read, Engage, Attend, Punctuality.
  • Winners announced week of Sept. 3.

All other readers of this blog may participate and share (after 2 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 29) with our class via this blog.

Slug: Scavenger Hunt/Field Producing

The only hint is: The photographers were taken along one of my morning walking routes in Tallahassee, FL or is it Fla. students?

Want to become an expert field producer, multimedia researcher, producer, writer and more? It starts now!

FAMU Reporting and Writing II students’ podcasts … Spring 2019

Enjoy the first podcasts of Reporting and Writing II students.

Students in two courses of Reporting and Writing II were given assignments to produce radio stories that spring from their semester-long news beat coverage.

Among their requirements: Produce an edited 7-minute podcast. It seemed a near impossible feat. Listen and learn. Enjoy!

Ann Wead Kimbrough, DBA, Professor

From the classroom to the screening room: Atlanta’s CHS and FAMU grad’s movie debuts

Seven-time Grammy award winner, @famusjgc PR grad and amazing man, Amir Windom debuts new film. Actor Woody McClain, also a FAMU grad, is featured in this great work. Read on:

Canal Street is being released worldwide January 18, 2019 via Smith Global Media/Sony Pictures Entertainment (

Here’s some info on the film:
CANAL STREET is a faith-filled and timely portrayal of racial and class conflicts ripped from today’s headlines, where young men of color are often guilty until proven innocent. After the murder of a white classmate, all eyes fall on Kholi Styles (Gray), and it is up to his father (Williamson), an up-and-coming lawyer from the south side of Chicago, to prove his son is not the monster the world has made him out to be. This inspirational film will be entertaining for audiences of all ages.
Canal Street is directed, co-written and produced by Rhyan LaMarr. The film boasts a veteran multi-ethnic cast which includes Bryshere Gray (“Empire”), Mykelti Williamson (“Fences”), Mekhi Phifer (“Divergent”), Woody McClain (“The Bobby Brown Story”), Lance Reddick (“John Wick”), and Kevin Quinn (“Bunk’d”). Grammy Award winning record executive Amir Windom (Bruno Mars, Pharrell) executive produced the film and also music supervised the film.

Why I Love :) Millennials, Gen Xers and iGen/Gen Zers

The upshot: We all have a lot to learn from one another.

I keep up with the current and historical data and trends on what to generally know about each generation. I am a Baby Boomer. I was born in 1958 — almost in the middle of the 1946 – 1964 range when we were cast as the biggest group of babies born in modern times.

I love my age colleagues. Yet, I love the Millennnials (1980 – 2004), Gen Xers (squeezed in between the Millis and Gen Zers), and my iGen or Gen Zers. Why? They are rebels. They are inquisitive and if you answer their queries in a thorough manner and never tire of the questions, they are forever engaged in your space.

As a university professor, I am fortunate to learn from a lively group of young people. My current semester’s classes have their own cultures. In one class, my sophomores, juniors and a few seniors are interested in the how-tos of blogging and podcasting. The other class is interested in writing drills and building confidence in their writing. The other class is interested in learning more about the multi-media and public relations/affairs environment. In all, the students have these factors in common: They want to learn more, they do not like traditional textbooks and varied classroom engagements are their favorite distractions from regularly checking social media posts on their portable devices. They respect data, especially when they count the number of views and likes one has on their social media posts. That’s why I’ve included just one of my social media stats from @Quora. See the weekly stats that are the featured image in this post.

I learn from this group. I engage with them through the traditional school-based tools — Blackboard and iRattler — yet, I utilize all social media formats identified by them and me as their key sources of news and information. I also blog and am a frequent contributor on @Quora and LinkedIn’s private mentor platform. My email and text features are also open to students. I incorporate games into the learning modules, conduct quizzes and offer surveys. Visuals, including live TV news shows, podcasts and “Skyped-in” telecasts are included. They also love the in-person appearances of grads, especially those on the celebrity level.

I recommend to my colleagues to consider different approaches to reaching this important group of our current and future leaders. Often, my peers quip to me something like, “it must be tough teaching Millennials and the other Gens.” I answer back: “No, it is easy. They know everything!” My response is meant to be a joke, because the one feature of my favorite group of folk is that they believe that they know a lot because they are digital natives. Naw. When it comes to insight on interpersonal skills development, general life skills, effective workplace decorum and similar “basic” life experiences, my favorite group of young people are well … er uh … lacking.

The upshot: We all have a lot to learn from one another.

Stay tuned.

Syllabus: R&W II Spring 2019, M/W

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Happy New Year. Some course numbers are being reconciled to ensure your course registration matches your schedule. As I await information to correctly post on Blackboard, please find your syllabus. See you on Monday!

It’s time to get it write. Right?

This is your opportunity to establish your goals to align with your vision.

This is your time to embrace the concept and practice of the “burning bowl” that allows you to write down all of the things that no longer serve you — i.e., fear, procrastination, quick trigger, etc. — and burn them away from your life.

This is your year to produce all of the desired results awaiting your unfolding.

Welcome to 2019.

What future digital media specialists should know

For the first time, social media has become the #1 news source for news consumers.

For the first time, social media has become the #1 news source for news consumers.

During my lifetime, U.S. newspapers have been the primary source of news. Period.

This bodes well for the thousands of social media sites and sadly, this is not good news for traditional print journalism entities. Yet, through collaborations with communities, corporations and education, traditional print and broadcast can reinvent itself and produce content that includes all of the elements for the changing news content seeker. One of my areas of scholarly research involves the relatively news evolution of Community Media Labs (CMLs). I will share more in future posts.

The changes in news consumption are one of the many topics that we will discuss in the introduction to mass media and digital storytelling courses that I will lead. During the spring 2018 semester, digital natives will engage in “active classroom” settings and participate in “flipped classroom” settings.

Join us with your ideas for discussion points. We will have a blast.