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COM*125/DGA*125 New Media Production is a new course, introduced to MxCC last year as part of the Center for New Media. In case you were wondering what new media is or how this class could be useful, I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should absolutely sign up for this class for the spring semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. Brand Yourself! Let’s face it–when you graduate from college there’s going to be a lot of competition. Today, hundreds of people are applying for one position. How will you stand out? No matter what field or industry you work in, standing out among the competition is key. When you take New Media Production, you will learn how to use many different digital media such as web design for your portfolio and social media to get your name out there.

2.There’s Two Sections! We are offering two sections, one at the Middletown campus and one online! The online section is great for any student that needs flexibility. And what’s cool is the on-ground class will be taught in the New Media Production Classroom that features top-of-the-line iMacs equipped with the latest production technology and software.

3. It’s Applicable! With the explosive growth of technology, the topics covered in New Media Production are applicable to almost every field. It’s even cross-listed in the catalog under Communication and Digital Arts because it’s relevant to both fields, and more! Another plus is that this class has no prerequisites! So no matter what your major is, this course can count as an elective. If you’re a business major, learn what’s next in communication technology so you can use it when you enter the workforce (and impress your new boss!). If you want to be a teacher, learn about new technology that you can incorporate in the classroom when you land your first teaching gig. Maybe you wind up as an environmental scientist. In that case, you can run your department’s blog on all the awesome things you do at work. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*125/DGA*125, 3 credits, New Media Production
This course is an introduction to the production of new media. New media is an emerging communications technology that adds on-demand interactive access to media content fostering creative participation and community formation. Students will learn to develop and produce a variety of digital media including audio, video, photography, animation and web design and make that media accessible over the Internet and mobile devices through wikis, blogs, podcasts and social media. Students will use professional media creation tools such as cameras, video and audio editing applications, content management systems and Internet radio, music creation and podcast software.

Class Meeting Times
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1-1:5 0pm Middletown, Chapman Hall, 610 CRN: 3200 or 3021
Online, CRN: 3204 or 3205

rplakeRandi Plake is the program assistant  for the Center for New Media. She is is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

stephanienelsonOn Saturday, July 25, 2015 Middlesex Community College, Wesleyan University, and the family and friends of Stephanie Nelson are hosting Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. This benefit will feature a dinner and concert in honor of Ms. Nelson, MxCC student, and the first Broadcast Communications and Multimedia intern from Middlesex Community College at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Ms. Nelson passed away in January. Proceeds from the benefit will create a scholarship to support future Middlesex Community College students interning at Wesleyan University.

The dinner will be held at Middlesex Community College’s Founders Hall Pavilion, located at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; followed by a concert held in Ms. Nelson’s honor at Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall, located at 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown at 8 p.m. A 21-person “all-star band” will be performing The Beatles’ “White Album” (1968) in its entirety. The album features the Paul McCartney tune “Blackbird,” one of Ms. Nelson’s favorite songs.

Andrew Chatfield, who was Ms. Nelson’s internship supervisor, is the Press and Marketing Director for Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Following her internship, Ms. Nelson also worked briefly as Mr. Chatfield’s assistant. He is coordinating the event, and is also playing drums at the concert. Mr. Chatfield was impressed by Ms. Nelson’s skills, personality, and commitment to MxCC and Wesleyan.

“We all appreciated the energy and light that Stephanie brought to our office, and to everything she did,” said Mr. Chatfield. “Her enthusiasm around various phone-calling campaigns resulted in attendance of several groups to Center for the Arts events during her internship, as well as coverage by local media. She also recruited five restaurant partners for a special Valentine’s Day promotion as part of an Arts Catalyze Placemaking Program in 2014.”

“Stephanie was a special young woman with a smile as big as her heart, making her mark at MxCC and at Wesleyan University,” said Rich Lenoce, Director of the Center for New Media at MxCC, where Ms. Nelson was a student. “Like her family here at MxCC, Stephanie developed a special family at Wesleyan, and created another bridge between our two schools.”

Tickets are $45 for dinner and the show, $25 for the show only. To purchase tickets, you may call (860) 983-8625 or (860) 882-9415. Concert tickets can also be purchased at Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe, 396 Washington Street, Middletown; and at Illiano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 534 Washington Street, Middletown. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund by visiting mxcc.edu/donate and adding a note that clearly states that it is for the “Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund.”

Students

Congratulations of Karla Santos ’15, recent graduate, who is now interning at WTNH Channel 8.

As the News Intern, she mainly works at the assignment desk investigating stories, writing stories, and setting up interviews. She goes out on the field with photographers and reporters to shoot interviews and sometimes broadcasts live from location. She also sits in the control room during live shows and learns how the producers and directors run the live shows. Weather is a different department, but she has had the opportunity to go out with meteorologists and cover weather related stories.

Karla credits Middlesex Community College for preparing her for this internship. She felt that the writing, editing, and production courses were more than useful and trained her well for this opportunity.

“I have to admit that I was nervous, but I knew that MxCC had prepared me with a set of skills that were perfect for the position,” said Karla. “Before the interview, I talked to some professors that gave me professional advice, and that helped build my confidence.”

The internship process was smooth. She applied for the internship and sent all of the needed documents with a recommendation letter from Peter Galgano, media associate for the Center for New Media. The best part was she found out the same day that she was selected for the internship!

Karla’s goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UCONN, where she is transferring to this fall. Someday she would love to be a reporter to broadcast the news. This internship seems like the perfect stepping stone to reach her career goals.

Videos

We are proud to present Career Connect, a series of educational videos on LinkedIn, geared towards today’s job seekers navigating this digital age.

With so many employers using it to find job candidates these days, LinkedIn’s social media network is fast becoming an essential part of any job search strategy. Want to learn more about this networking tool already being utilized by more than 300 million people? Our Career Connect video series provides tips on setting up your profile page, getting recommendations, and using LinkedIn to help showcase your workforce skills and experience. 

This video series was produced MxCC’s Corporate Media Center in collaboration with the CT Department of Labor. For the full list of videos in this series, click here.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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