Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2013

Capstone Advisor

Professor Tula Goenka

Honors Reader

Professor Richard Breyer

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Audio/Visual Location

Honors Library

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies | Television


Smart Kids was a program, started in 2009, that was created as a joint venture between the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Education at Syracuse University. Professors and students from these two schools worked with kids from Syracuse elementary and middle schools, teaching them how to use cameras and video editing software to tell their own stories. The goal of the program was to aid urban education reform, but more so than that, to truly give kids a voice when it comes to their education.

My job, when it came to this project, was to create a documentary explaining what the Smart Kids program was, and what impact it has had on the kids. I spent countless hours going through footage of the kids and editing it together in to a cohesive documentary.

This paper contains reflection upon how I went about creating my project, why I thought it was an important project, and why I made the creative choices that I did.

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