Team Backpack Journalists
Team Backpack Journalists’ services provide writing, storytelling, film making and “real world journalism” experiences for 4th grade to 12th grade, at-risk and military youth. The team’s mission for youth participants is to “build resilience through creative expression”. Each youth learn first-hand by increased observation and listening skills, and then create stories from their experiences in print, video and using social media as a tool.
With our Scholastic Journalism Curriculum developed by A Backpack Journalist, we are considered a pre-cursor to high school or college coursework focused on Mass Communication, Broadcast and Journalism. A notable fact, all careers require writing and good observation skills to succeed.
Team Backpack Journalists, since 2009 and serving 1600 youth, support workshops, symposiums, after school program venues and “Cover the Assignment”– real world reporting and experiences to include one on one, with individuals such as Pharrell Williams, Pauletta Washington, Ken Burns and Skip Gates, Rick Hendrick, Secretary Hillary Clinton and a host of governmental officials, political candidates and events. During an assignment, the team participant’s work from a backpack to write and report, broadcast, film and or publish via social media.
Our team as of this date has also published three books: Nature Storytelling (military youth, Colorado Springs, Florissant Monument), Baseball, the RiverDogs and the Life of Larry Doby (at-risk youth, Charleston, SC) and Cars & Parts, (at risk youth, Hendrick Automotive Group). Symposium books have been created for Oregon National Guard, the Florida National Guard and Colorado Yellow Ribbon Program.
August 1 – 9, 2016, [email protected], a 6-day film maker’s academy for 80 youth representing the diverse population in the Charleston County School District is sponsored by the Team Backpack Journalists. We also are the producers for the historical screening of the Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson film, at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Baseball Park THE JOE, August 13, 2016. Beginning in September 15, 2016, the [email protected] Film Makers Academy continues in the afterschool programs with the City of Charleston, South Carolina Recreation Department locations.
Partners include The Gaillard, Performance Hall, Charleston, South Carolina, Education Department, Hendrick Automotive of Charleston and North Charleston, City of Charleston and City of Charleston Recreation Department, the SC Military Museum (collecting the Oral Histories of Vietnam Veterans) and Georgia Tech Horizons Program. We provide support for Engaging Creative Minds, Charleston, SC. Our printing partner is SteamEd Publishing.
Military youth support includes the National Guard Youth Programs, state by state and US Army Reserve Youth in the United States, DINFOS(Public Affairs to include the Pentagon Channel) and Associations (AUSA, MOAA, Blue Star Families). Video content and photography, reporting found via the https://www.dvidshub.net/.
Social Media: Facebook.com/backpackjournalist
Linda Dennis, Program Manager [email protected]