Subject: LabTV opportunity for student journalists/filmmakers at UMD
LabTV is a new project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and Google. LabTV was founded by Jay Walker, Curator and Chairman of TEDMED
in collaboration with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH. LabTV’s
mission is to use video to attract young people, especially women and
minorities, to the field of biomedical research.
LabTV is launching an online initiative consisting of video profiles of
emerging medical researchers working at NIH funded labs at top universities
across the nation. These profiles will be distributed through online
platforms, including YouTube and a LabTV-specific website tailored to
connecting high school and undergraduate students with medical researcher
mentors they can relate to and learn from.
Each lab researcher video profile will be made by a student
filmmaker/journalist on the same campus as the labs. To lead this effort, Jay
Walker brought in Emmy award nominated filmmaker David Hoffman, with over 50
years of experience and more than 150 PBS specials and series to his credit.
David created video profiles with researchers at UC Berkeley and UCSF to
serve as templates for students to watch. These template video profiles can
be viewed at: http://lab-tv.org/filmmakers/video-profile-templates/.
We are pleased to announce that University of Maryland, College Park has been
selected to participate in the first cohort of our video profile series. We
are already collaborating with your university to select labs to profile.
There is now an opportunity for your student filmmakers/journalists to get
involved in this project and create video profiles of researchers at labs at
their university. This is a great opportunity for students to have access to
state of the art mentoring from Emmy award nominated filmmaker David Hoffman,
to gain hands on experience and build an impressive sample reel, and produce
their own work that will be showcased as part of a high profile global
project. Top videos will potentially be included in a planned special event
with the Tribeca Film Festival around our launch in April. Additionally,
LabTV will be hosting a competition where David and his team will be
selecting the best submitted videos with prizes totaling $10,000.
Downloadable guidelines, a production overview, technical requirements and
other detailed information are available on our website at www.lab-tv.org .
Additional information on David Hoffman, who will provide students with state
of the art mentorship, can be found at www.whoisdavidhoffman.com .
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