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Silk City Media

Silk City Media


The Silk City Media Workshop is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded after school program offered to middle and high school students in Paterson, NJ. The students participating in this program are provided with access to and intensive training in the use of digital media as a tool to creatively express themselves in ways previously unimaginable. Through a unique and rigorous curriculum that introduces students media industry concepts such as visual brainstorming of story ideas, storyboarding and writing narratives for voiceovers, students are able to bring the stories of their lives to the screen to be shared at an annual storytelling festival and online at

Introduction to Web Design Program 

Students will learn how to design basic websites using free online web builders (i.e. homestead, wix, Yola). Students will primarily focus on the planning, usability and the look and feel of their site design employing basic design principles to create consistent well organized sites. Programming will be covered but not necessary to launch their free individual sites.

Using iMovie to Create Environmental
Public Service Announcements Program 

Students will conduct research to identify local environmental problems that are impacting the overall health of the earth's ecosystem. After selecting one local problem, each student will devise a potential solution to the problem and then use digital authoring tools to create and publish a 30-60 second public service announcement to be shared online through the digital earth social network. Each student’s PSA will be featured on the Silk City Media Workshop and also be broadcast at the annual Digital Earth Festival to be held in June.


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