Outstanding Student Productions Showcased at the 52nd Annual California Student Media Festival

The Festival — a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE – Culminated in an Awards Ceremony to Honor the Students and Their Schools

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2018 – Top student producers, and their teachers and schools were celebrated at the 52nd Annual California Student Media Festival (CSMF) awards Saturday, June 2 at Harmony Gold Preview House in Los Angeles. The festival, a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE, is the oldest student media festival in the country, and celebrates the innovative and exceptional multimedia projects produced by students from throughout California. More than 200 projects were entered into the festival.

This year three new categories were added for judging: 3D Printing, Augmented/Virtual Reality, and Coding Challenge. Other categories include: Bilingual/Foreign Language, History/Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Fine and Performing Arts, Career and Technical Education, Science and Health, Journalism and more. The types of projects accepted in each category included: Live Action, A “Sequential Stills” movie, Animation, Interactive Stills, Website, and Interactive Multimedia Projects.

Burbank High School, Burbank and New Technology High School in Napa were multiple award winning schools. The Little Raindrop, won best Animation and Clean Up! won Best Instructional Video for Burbank High School students. While New Technology High was awarded for best History/Social Studies for Signed, William Lewis Moore and best Journalism for their entry Fallout Napa Valley.

“As a public media organization, PBS SoCal can have a real impact in the lives of the young people in our community,” said Jamie Annunzio Myers, PBS SoCal COO and Vice President, Education and Community Engagement. “Together with our community partners we work to create programs for students to be inspired to become their best possible selves. The California Student Media Festival provides a platform where the creativity and dedication in our students is recognized.”

The awards ceremony showcased the winning entries and gave students an opportunity to thank their teachers and mentors. Four Grand Prizewinning projects were selected:

  • Overall Elementary Curricular: Women Airforce Service Pilots Website, Olinda Elementary School, Brea Calif.
  • Overall Elementary Craft: How to Get Organized for School, Creative Connections Arts Academy, North Highlands, Calif.
  • Overall Secondary Curricular: Fallout Napa Valley, New Technology High School, Napa, Calif.
  • Overall Secondary Craft: Venice Streets, Venice Arts, Los Angeles, Calif.

    Students Taliesin Day, Michael Verdin and Kashi McDaniels from Venice Arts School Grand Prize winners for their film Venice Streets.

A cash prize was awarded to each Grand Prizewinning entry’s school to help support their media and technology courses.   As the nation’s oldest student media festival, the California Student Media Festival has awarded nearly $150,000 to schools throughout California.

The California Student Media Festival is a partnership between PBS SoCal and CUE. For a complete list of winners and videos, please visit http://www.mediafestival.org/2018.html

 About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California.  As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns, and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at pbssocal.org, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences.  And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services.  Connect with us at pbssocal.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.

 About CUE

CUE is an educational non-profit organization representing over 10,000 teachers and school administrators established in 1978. Educational technology professional development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing professional development in the effective use of technology to educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers. CUE recognizes that California schools serve students of increasingly diverse needs and backgrounds who must be ready to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological society. CUE believes that technology is a critical instructional resource required for all K20 teachers, administrators, and students. http://www.cue.org/about

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