Hoover Students Produce Documentary on North Canton YMCA History

Hoover students produce documentary about the North Canton YMCA Community Building.

The word is out that students in our video-journalism program at Hoover produce some pretty cool stuff.  I am often approached by folks asking us to create videos for their organizations.  So many in fact that we just can’t possibly do them all.  I think it might have something to do with those darn bells that keep ringing every 45 minutes.  

This past fall Debbie Goldthorpe and Kathy Yaros from the NC YMCA pitched an idea that I knew we had to do.  A documentary about the History of the North Canton YMCA Community Building.  Did I know it would be an investment of at least an additional hundred hours to produce it...yes.  Did I know we would have to search high and low for archived footage, photos, and interviews to tell the story...yes.  And did I know we would work up until the very last hour of the February 24th premiere to add just a few more really great images...of course!  As I am always reminded by video productions teacher Benn Draher, “If this were easy, everyone would be doing it.”

Producing a documentary worth making starts with a great story, and the YMCA in North Canton has one.  In fact we found out that the unique history of it sets it apart from pretty much every other YMCA in the nation.    A few years ago, PBS filmmaker Ken Burns shared with our students that in order to make a documentary really good you need to have supporting archival footage, photos, interviews, music, and a script.  I knew we had access to all of this thanks to our local NC Heritage Society and the Hoover Historical Society.  

What really makes producing a project like this so great is what our students gain from the experience.  Senior video productions student Alli McNeese took on the task of lead editor and cranked out the final product by coming in early, staying late, and giving up some of her weekends. Broadcast student and host of In the Spotlight Sally Smith, provided her talents as the narrator. Freshman Kathryn Poe helped out as research liaison to the YMCA.

You can watch this 20 minute production on TV or online by visiting this link: YMCA Community Building Documentary  

Below is this week's TV guide, which has several new programs for you to enjoy.

AT&T U-verse Update: The channel 99 activation scheduled for Monday February 25th might be delayed a few more days according to AT&T.  I will post an update for you when we get confirmation that it is available. 


To watch online visit: TV11 Homepage

YMCA / Project Mosaic / Hoover Clubs / Kent Stark Oil and Gas
On the Web, TWC in NC on CH.11, AT&T CH.99

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Project Mosaic
Guests: Mrs. Angela Smith,: Claire James. Harrison Zoldan
Sun,Mon,Wed 7:00 am, 1:00 pm, 8:00 pm  

OVERTIME: Hoover Girls Basketball
Guests: Coach Allerding, Kelsey Peare, Julie Worley
Sun,Mon,Wed 7:30 am, 1:30 pm, 8:30 pm  

VIKING VISIONARIES: Highlighting Hoover Clubs
Guests: Mary LePage, Brian Foust,  Kirby Flowers, Tyler Murphy
Sun,Mon,Wed 8:00 am, 2:00 pm, 9:00 pm  

MAIN ST. EXCHANGE: Stark State Oil and Gas Program
Guests: Kathleen Steere
Sun,Mon,Wed 6:30 am, 2:30 pm, 9:30 pm  

Typically scheduled to broadcast for a two week period of time.  Posted on website for approximately one year.
Documentary: 90th Anniversary of the YMCA Community Building
Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat :6:00 am, 10:00 am, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm

HVTV NEWS  Produced by Hoover Video-Journalism students
Tue - Fri :12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm  
New Broadcasts Tuesday - Friday Each Week

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William R. Strohmenger February 25, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Tom Wilson and the students at Hoover High deserve high credit for a wonderful video of the history of the YMCA. I attended the superb event this past Saturday nite and I have to admit, it was the highlight of the evening along with a fitting tribute to the Hoover family. Well done Hoover, well done students, well done YMCA staff.


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