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Spotlight: Jennifer Proulx, from media production to media literacy

By May 21, 2010 News 6 Comments

Jennifer Proulx

This month, we interviewed Jennifer Proulx, The LAMP’s newest board member. We asked her about why she decided to move from her career in media production to media literacy, what she’ll be doing in Chicago this summer, and about her love for the Red Sox. Sort of.

How did you get into video production? I suppose you could say I fell into it. I made a few videos in high school and was intrigued by the power of moving images and sound so pursued it formally in my undergraduate studies.

What were some of the highlights of your career?
I feel a bit awkward creating a highlight reel when I feel there’s so much more to come! But here goes: Traveling around the world covering a yacht race, serving a year with Americorps in a 1st grade classroom, teaching video production to community college students, watching a pro-social program on H.I.V. that I cut at a film festival at the U.N., producing, directing, and cutting a video in support of the Reproductive Health Act for the New York Civil Liberties Union, and seeing my name on television for the first time.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about the media industry? That despite the myth, some edit rooms have windows, and even views!

Why did you decide to move on from production to pursue an M.P.A. (Master’s in Public Administration)? I had a blast making television programs and working on important projects but realized I didn’t want my boss’s job and had grown as much as I wanted in my role. I am looking for the next challenge or as Billy Bragg would say, “the great leap forward.” I’ve always been drawn towards social justice issues, specifically education, so decided to go back to school to learn the nuts and bolts of how to systematically create change.

What got you interested in media literacy? I had a professor named Michelle Wolf for an undergrad course. She has worked extensively on issues of media literacy, specifically with regard to body image issues. She instilled in me, and countless others, the importance of a responsible media and as cheesy as it sounds, when I left her class I felt I had a duty to go out into the world and practice what I learned from her course.

What are your plans for the summer? This summer I landed a fellowship to work in the Chicago Public Schools. I will be working on the 21st Century Learning Project which is an initiative to bring our classrooms into the 21st century with regard to technology. There’s a really exciting opportunity to help close achievement gap through technology. I’ll be working specifically on creating benchmarks, disseminating best practices, and updating evaluation techniques.

What makes the Yankees a superior team to the Red Sox? The Yankees have the swagger and glow of a World Series winning team, which they deserve. I predict Big Papi will continue to mash, leading us into a classic Yankees/Red Sox battle to the finish in late August and September. No matter what happens in the end, the Red Sox are always the superior team in my heart.

  • Michelle

    Hi Jennifer!!

    Someone just wrote to me about this article. I am so proud of you and you seem to be thriving. That makes me very happy!

    Best, Michelle

  • Jenn,

    As your Mom, I am also very proud of what you have accomplished in your chosen field. I had the pleasure of taking you to your first National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Los Vagus when I worked for Avid Technology. I saw first hand how you intuitively absored the technology but also were excited about the new possibilities these advances would create. Great job!!

    Much Love, Mom, aka Jean Proulx Dibner

  • Andy Dibner

    Hi Jenn,
    What a sparkling dish this interview is. Your modesty, your passion for right, the depth of interest in what work is all about is so on. We are looking forward to great accomplishments both from you and those Red Sox.

    Much love always from Andy.

  • Kat

    Jenn- while I still play the digital marketing agency game you move on to nobler causes. So glad we went through “media” school together cuz now I can watch you change the world. I’ll go back to getting ppl to talk about airplanes, cars and hotels. 🙂

  • Lora

    Jenn, you have a great way with words and pictures. Keep up the inspiring work. Your passion is clear. See you back in Brooklyn…Lora

  • Congrats Jenn, amazing stuff…but how come no mention of the Celtics? 🙂

    – Levi