Urban youth media: Giving girls power through digital self-expression
Boris, Danielle Joy
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This paper focuses on the stories of four urban girls living in the city of Buffalo, New York and highlights their participation in a long-term multimedia production workshop. This paper uncovers the specific ways the students involvement in the workshop was a source of empowerment. The multimedia workshop became a space where the students could voice and reflect on their own experiences, which led to the breaking down of existing stereotypes. My research draws upon fieldwork collected from the winter of 2008 to the spring of 2010. Chapter one highlights the ways in which the students began to see the possibilities of digital careers as a direct result of their involvement in filmmaking. Chapter two focuses on case studies and includes a discussion of the student’s films. The evidence provided highlights the ways in which the workshop was successful in helping the students express complex parts of their lives. Chapter three discusses the ways in which the workshop was successful as a result of the incorporation of a learner-centered educational framework, and highlights the specific ways in which the students benefited from this type of structure. Chapter four touches upon the limitations of the workshop in terms of finding subjects to film, lesson planning, organizing and logging of materials, and editing.