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JEA/NSPA High School Conventions Mini-Documentary

This mini-documentary was done as an assignment for my class, History of Journalism. For this final project, we were tasked to make a short (3 minutes or under) documentary on a topic of our choosing, provided it relates to the realm of journalism. I chose to do my piece on the conventions I attended as a high-schooler. These biannual conventions are hosted by the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association, and promote and award student journalism. I will let the video tell the rest of the story.

When I thought documentary, I envisioned scrubbing through hundreds of clips, hours of footage, for the right moments. Every bit of video shown in this mini-doc was shot by myself during my high-school years, and later edited and refined in this documentary. I was known as the guy who films a career’s worth of video in a year.

Also in the editing process, I created graphics to visually represent the attendance rate, as well as the geographic locations of the conventions. The chart was created using Excel data, layered in Photoshop, and animated in Premiere. The cities on Earth graphic was first generated by placing dots on a texture file of a 3D model of Earth, rendered through Cinema 4D, and motion-tracked with the city names in After Effects.


Jon Doty