FIRST TAKE Week 3 Recap/ Week 4 Preview

Thank you to all the mentors, volunteers speakers and supporters of FIRST TAKE.

This week FIRST TAKE students participated in a series of hands-on workshops in photography, videography, non-linear video editing and learned social media best practices from Candace Amos, social media editor at the New York Daily News

On Monday, FIRST TAKE utilized their Columbus Day to tour the newsrooms and sets of CNN and BuzzFeed. The students met with Tanzina Vega, digital correspondent for CNNMoney; John Ketchum, associate producer on the social media team at CNN; Tekella Foster, editorial producer for CNN New Day, and BuzzFeed content creators Sylvia Obell, Tracy Clayton, Treye Green and Hayes Brown.

Check out some of the photos from this week!

Christian Harley, Tara Conte and Jaylin Sutherland on the set at CNN.
FIRST TAKE students excited to tour BuzzFeed and meet with their team of content creators.
Sokhna Fall, a sophomore at Hillcrest High School and Adriana Kostakis, a senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, learning how to edit with Final Cut Pro X.
Jaylin Sutherland, a junior at Life Academy High School for Film and Music, working as a camera operator in the CNN studio.
Amber Cruz and Christian Harley get a lesson on white balancing.
ENG/Producer, Steven Ranie, teaches Everard Matthews, a sophomore at the Academy of Innovative Technology, framing and composition.
Freelance photographer John Mantel, speaks with the class about exposure, lighting, composition, and shares feedback on the images they shot around campus.
Tara Conte and Sarah McCain practice their standups and work on their interview skills.
Genevieve Pierre Charles, Afiyah Branche and Adriana Kostakis on set at CNN.
Christian Harley learns how to operate a studio camera at CNN.


The next session is on Saturday, October 15th. Students will be out in the field covering stories in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each group will file a 400-500 word article, create a news package, and submit photos with captions by 4 pm.

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