ITS Documentary for Scripps Innovation Challenge 2014

By Stephen Hicken

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Throughout the months of January, February, March and April I will be documenting a group representing the school of Information of Telecommunication Studies and their project for the 2014 Scripps Innovation Challenge.

The Scripps Innovation Challenge is a competition in which any student attending Ohio University can participate. The contest challenges students to tackle challenges in the media industry. This group of students I am documenting are representing the ITS school in this challenge, and are building an idea to help a news organization with close to 190,000 Twitter followers monetize a loyal and growing audience.

The group, lead by senior Anthony Aerni, meets twice a week and organizes their business model, continually building and shaping this plan before the formal registration on February 28th. After that, their written entry, along with a video pitch, is due on March 18th to be judged for a final presentation on April 21st.

I have been attending every meeting focusing on specific topics of discussion and keeping a log of progress with Anthony. After the formal entry and subsequent meetings, I plan on interviewing each team member in order to get their story on the progress of their idea and how they’ve felt about the contest.

As a Video Production major, this documentary has given me the opportunity to showcase a team in one of the biggest competitions the Scripps College has to offer, as well as build my resumé and participate in this great contest.

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