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June’s ILLUMINATIONS

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ILLUMINATIONS: JUNE 2008

Headlight

~the latest news from The LAMP~

Don’t forget to join us on Wednesday June 4th for “Checking the Monitor: A Forum on Internet Safety” at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library from 7-8.30pm. The discussion, moderated by Associate Professor of Media Studies at Brooklyn College and LAMP Educational Director Dr. Katherine Fry, will engage panelists and audience members on issues regarding Internet safety such as current Internet regulations and controls, censorship, social networking, gaming and the growing digital world surrounding young people, their families and their futures. Confirmed panelists include Rachel Dretzin (Executive Producer and Director, PBS Frontline documentary Growing Up Online), JoEllen Fisherkeller, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Culture and Communication, NYU), and Kevin O’Donnell, Esq. (Cyber Crimes/SVU, Office of Kings County District Attorney). The LAMP is proud to present this event as part of the first-ever Internet Week New York. To register, call us at 718-789-8170 or register by email.

Coming up on July 12: our first annual Media Scavenger Hunt! Get your family together to explore the media you see each day in your neighborhood. We’ll give you a list of different things to find, such as positive representations of women, advertising techniques to identify, ethnic identity and more. Lunch will be provided by Fairway, and raffle tickets will be sold to win great prizes–including a 1-year membership to Zipcar, tickets to the Bronx Zoo (also courtesy of Zipcar), and an iPod Touch from Tekserve! Check www.thelampnyc.org for more details as they become available.

In workshop news, May was a month of expansion as our BCUE workshops got started. We went to an all-girls school in Williamsburg and ran a phenomonal workshop on advertising and gender images, and then we went to Bed-Stuy for a workshop in short-form documentary. We’re also looking forward to starting our residency in the fall with P.S. 107 exploring print and video news with fifth graders.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the LAMP, why not volunteer? Our rapid growth means that we are needing more help and can use people to assist in classrooms, help out at events, edit videos, design graphics and more. To find out more, send us an email explaining what you’d like to do, how much time you can give us and your age.

And…we are pleased to announce that the LAMP is now the official media liasion for Park Slope Parents!

Spotlight

~Joe Santangelo, LAMP student, “On the Web”~

Occupation: Freelance content editor and soon-to-be vintage collectibles vendor at Brooklyn Flea.

Location:Park Slope, Brooklyn

Favorite website: Ebay, of course!

What got you interested in learning more about Web 2.0? After working some four and a half years as an editorial and press coordinator for a high profile medical journal, my job was suddenly eliminated due to corporate downsizing. Rather than return to a conventional office environment, I opted to try my hand at freelance content editing. I knew at once that my lack of networking skills put me at a
distinct disadvantage when it came to looking for work as a freelancer. Suddenly, the comfort level and complacency that defined having a full time job was replaced with a feeling of insecurity and an unfamiliarity with a whole new marketplace. Being on the far side of 40 didn’t help matters much. I knew it was time to venture out of the safety of my self-imposed cocoon and begin to network like everyone else.

What was the most valuable thing you learned in “On the Web”?On a personal level, being introduced to web sites like LinkedIn and
Sologig provided invaluable tools to stay current and connected in my search for freelance work. And discovering the Google Reader was a revelation (thanks LAMP).

How has media literacy changed the way you live and work? I’m feeling a whole lot more connected these days, especially after the LAMP workshop. As I mentioned above, I will begin selling some of my vintage collectibles in the coming months at Brooklyn Flea, a new flea market in Fort Greene. I intend to use my web site and blog to promote and market my wares. And thanks to the LAMP, I won’t need one of those Antiques Selling for Dummies books to figure out how to do it.

Gaslight

~a look back at this month in media history~

June 1, 1926: Cultural icon Marilyn Monroe is born.

June 15, 1992: During a sixth-grade spelling bee, Vice President Dan Quayle misspells potato as “potatoe,” making him the laughingstock of the media during the election.

June 18, 1898: First amusement pier opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

As a non-profit grassroots organization, your support is essential for the LAMP to continue.  When you make a tax-deductible donation to the LAMP, you are helping us to cover basic costs so that we can continue to offer our workshops at no cost to participants.  Checks can be made out to Friends of Community Board Six—be sure to write “The LAMP” in the memo field, and thank you for your contribution.

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