CHOOSING TO CREATE - Thanks to three classes at Fulton City High School, students get the opportunity to receive hands on experience with news broadcasting.
“I teach Introduction to Media Arts, Video/Studio Fundamentals, and Advanced Studio Production,” Joey Dublin, a FHS teacher explained. “Introduction to Media Arts is meant to act as a survey course, introducing students to various forms of media - including photographs, videos, graphics, etc. - as well as the history of the development of each type of media. Video/Studio Fundamentals is meant to focus mostly on the aspects of video production within and outside of a studio environment, while Advanced Studio Production takes the content from the two previous classes and has students create more advanced productions.”
The introduction class is offered in both the middle and high schools as an elective. Film Production is offered as a career pathway. Any student who completes all three courses and passes the KOSSA exam will be considered career ready in the film production field.
Each student who takes either or all of the three classes is exposed to a plethora of computer technology.
“Students are instructed in the Adobe Studio Cloud,” Dublin said. “Specifically, they learn how to use Photoshop, to edit and produce images; After Effects, to produce moving graphics; and Premiere Pro, to edit video. They also learn the elements of a studio and the roles involved in a production. We also spend time instructing students how to create shot compositions with appropriate audio capturing to enhance the messages of their various video projects.”
Dublin didn’t start the movement toward TV production at FHS, though. A previous English instructor, with some video and technology talent, and two students created “Fulton Yo,” an online production that contained news segments and some other entertainment elements within it.
“During my first two years, we continued with the ‘Fulton Yo’ branding,” Dublin said. “I needed a project my students could hone their video skills on, and the newscast seemed like an easy fit. As the content of the program became more focused on delivering news and the originators of ‘Fulton Yo’ graduated, my students suggested we change the name of the program.”
That’s how “FNN” was born.
According to Dublin, the goal of each episode of “FNN” is to have each student participate at least once in each role to gain experience in all areas of the production process.
“When a class is assigned an episode, I give each student a specific responsibility,” Dublin added. “That responsibility - be it scriptwriting, recording video, editing video, or compiling interview questions - changes from episode to episode.”
The high schoolers in Dublin’s classes are given other creative opportunities outside of “FNN.”
“I have a few students that are responsible for putting together a PowerPoint presentation for lunch that includes announcements on the days we do not have an episode ready to release,” Dublin said. “My students are also responsible for running and producing graphics for the video board in the gym anytime there is a game.”
Adding to their experiences, some students are doing some work for another project.
“My upper-level students are in the process of developing five separate short-films as a culminating event that shows off the skills they have learned over the past few years,” Dublin said. “Currently, we are planning on hosting a short-film night for the community where we show those films off. Right now, the plan is to have this screening sometime in April. Students are currently in the pre-production phase of their short-films, so time will tell.”
Given the technology available surrounding media production, the proverbial sky is almost the limit for Dublin’s students in the future.
“I would very much like to facilitate a live-broadcast version of FNN. For that, we will need to hone student skills a bit more, and the materials needed cost quite a bit of money. But, through fundraising and time, I would like to think that is something we will see in the next couple of years,” Dublin said.
Although Dublin had a double major in college – English studies and television production – he always intended to just use the English degree to teach.
“While I love television production, I always saw it as a safeguard if teaching didn’t work out,” Dublin explained. “However, when I was offered a job here at Fulton, it gave me an opportunity to teach two disciplines that I love almost in equal measure. I do not believe I could possibly be happier anywhere else.”
Dublin is not a stranger to the Fulton area. Although he grew up in Cuba, Dublin’s father grew up in Fulton and worked at Goodyear for 30 years. This allowed Dublin to become quite familiar with the area.
“My mother has farmed all of her life in Wingo, allowing me to grow up around her business and know that I would be a terrible farmer. I just don’t have the aptitude for that business,” Dublin said.
A Graves County High School graduate, Dublin received his undergraduate degree from Murray State University.
“I accepted a position in Hopkinsville at Christian County High School where the woman I am now privileged to call my wife also worked as an English teacher. When we found out we were having a baby in early 2015, we decided we wanted to move back closer to where we considered ‘home’,” Dublin said. “Dr. (R.B.) Mays knew me from my time at Graves County, so I contacted him to see if he knew of any positions open at Graves. That just happened to be around the time he accepted the principalship at Fulton City. Long story short, he encouraged me to apply at Fulton, and here we are.”
Avery is now two years old and keeping Dublin and his wife, Kelly, very busy.
A mini episode of FNN was released prior to Spring Break. The following address will take you to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soEOHesw8qc . There are links to other FNN episodes next to this one on the YouTube channel.