Friday, April 20, 2012

[410] MTSU, Metro Schools Partner for Academies of Nashville Video Awards Show

MTSU, Metro Schools partner for Academies of Nashville Video Awards Show FOR RELEASE: April 19, 2012 EDITORIAL CONTACTS: Doug Williams, 615-494-7800 or; Meredith Libbey, 615-259-8405 or NASHVILLE—The best video projects from students from Metro Nashville Public Schools will be celebrated at the Academies of Nashville Video Awards show April 21. Students from Metro Schools and Middle Tennessee State University will direct, produce and perform in the inaugural awards show, a districtwide video competition created to tell the stories of the Academies of Nashville offerings in Metro’s 12 zoned high schools. “This awards show gives our students a hands-on learning experience, a platform to share how their Academy of Nashville experiences are preparing them for college and careers—and a chance to knock the socks off the audience,” said Dr. Jesse Register, director of Metro Schools. “Our students are talented!” Student teams will receive Academy “statuettes” for their winning video entries in 14 categories, including Best in Show. Metro high-school students completely produced each video production, and MTSU College of Mass Communication students mentored several teams. The unique partnership between Metro Schools and MTSU began in fall 2011 when the University agreed to be the title sponsor for the show. “We are pleased to partner with Metro Schools because we see the great things happening in their schools and the caliber of students they are sending to college,” said Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president. “What makes this project so perfect is that it unites their talented students with our exceptional students from the Department of Electronic Media Communication.” Alex Gibson, a junior EMC major at MTSU, will produce the show with the help of 30 of his fellow MTSU students. The entire student-run production will use MTSU’s $1.4 million Mobile Production Lab, which has been used for events ranging from Music Row’s “Capitol Street Party” to ESPN coverage of Blue Raider athletic contests. The hourlong MNPS video awards production will be aired on tape delay on Nashville’s NECAT, Channel 10. —30— The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized MTSU for its outstanding curricular engagement, community outreach and partnerships. For MTSU news and information visit

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