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Screen capture from Indiana Youth Services Association video made by SoIC students in Professor John Scofield's class.

Students’ video earns prime online placement

February 9, 2022

Students studying video and sound at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI work on real-world assignments. For one team, that’s led to their video being featured on an organization’s website, as a marketing and information tool.

Students Sophia Jaegly, Phillip Rowan, and Boda Zhang were working as a team in adjunct lecturer John Scofield’s Intermediate Digital Video class, NEWM-N 353.

“I had assigned them to produce a video for an Indianapolis business that could be used as a web commercial or TV commercial,” Scofield says. “Their 3-minute video produced for the Indiana Youth Services Association has been selected to be featured on their site because it so effectively explains agency services.”


Having their video prominently posted on the agency’s website was a great perk, and something the students can add to their portfolios and resumes as they seek career opportunities such as internships and employment.

“This is quite an accomplishment for their team and I’m very proud to share their efforts,” Scofield says.

Industry-standard skills

Students specializing in Video Production and Sound Design can collaborate with community service and nonprofit organizations to produce real-world projects while earning a bachelor of science degree in Media Arts and Science.

“As an owner of a local video production company,” Scofield says, “on this final video assignment I wanted the students to produce and edit a 90-second web or TV commercial video, as this is a skill very highly required in today’s video business.”

Each of the nine student teams worked with a nonprofit organization.

“Once the teams of 3 to 4 students completed their videos I submitted them to all of the organizations for them to screen,” he says. “All of the organizations gave great remarks about the videos made about them.”

Helping kids and communities

The student team of Jaegly, Rowan, and Zhang worked with the Indiana Youth Services Association, which focuses on community education, advocacy for youth, juvenile delinquency prevention, and information and referral services.

“The incredible thing about opportunities like this is the connections you can make along the way,” says Jaegly. “I never imaged that by working on a video for the Indiana Youth Services Association, I’d be in a nationally recognized training program.”

The association provides professional development certification for child and youth workers, which is what the SoIC student team’s video highlighted. Their footage featured actual certified practitioners working with kids and talking about certification is allowing them to help their communities and local youths.

“The professional development that comes from working with people in your community is a product of just that—community—and the connections of sharing a belief in each other,” Jaegly says.

IYSA notes there are 275 certified practitioners in Indiana, working for employers including the Indiana and Butler universities, Purdue Extension, YWCA, Martin Luther King Center, Indiana Department of Education, county youth services, local school districts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other organizations.


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