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McDaniel College Helps Local Nonprofits Get Video Savvy

McDaniel professor Julia Jasken and five students helped local nonprofits create public service announcements.

Carroll County is the home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Many of those organizations are not large enough and do not have enough funding to support communications or public relations staff positions. Others just find it challenging to keep up with evolving technology and new media.

McDaniel College professor Julia Jasken and her crew of digital aficionados helped some of those nonprofits create video public service announcements. According to the McDaniel website, Jasken is a strong supporter of service learning and frequently involves her students in the community as part of their coursework.

"It's just so valuable for students to see these videos come to life – videos that are designed to raise awareness about important social issues for our community,” Jasken said. “These videos help organizations get their message out and make a difference in the lives of people in the community. I can't imagine a better learning experience for our students."

Students involved with the project include junior Ben Azat of New Windsor, Md., and seniors Megan Franey of Marriottsville, Md., Sara Krome of New Windsor, Md., Megan Robinson of Hanover, Pa., and Danielle Sirk of Littlestown, Pa.

In addition to United Hands, community organizations participating in the workshop were Disabled Veterans Chapter 22, Family and Children’s Services of Maryland, Melanoma Foundation, Carroll County Community Mediation Center, Catastrophic Health Planners, Carroll County Food Sunday, Literacy Council of Carroll County, Marriage Resource Center, Caring Carroll, GROW Mission, and Human Services Program.

Tom Canon February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
It was a wonderful class that helped a lot of local non-profits!
Maggie Kunz February 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thanks to Julia Jasken and her wonderful students for another informative, hands-on class to help busy non-profits raise awareness of their services and their needs!!
Cheryl Schuster March 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This was a great class; well thought out and taught. McDaniel teacher, Julia Jasken made sure there were enough experienced helpers for folks who were struggling. With the attention to students, and the class being presented in such a thorough way, I will most definitely take additional classes.

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